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BlackBerry sees two more execs walk out the door

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BlackBerry sees two more execs walk out the door
The time after BlackBerry's most recent quarterly earnings report. CEO Thorsten Heins has tried to calm down shareholders, and has asked for patience as BlackBerry continues attempting to regain relevance, but it hasn't helped much in terms of employee morale apparently. BlackBerry fired its U.S. sales chief, and now it has come out that two other senior executives walked out of their own accord.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that two acquisition-hires have left BlackBerry recently. T.A. McCann, a vice president in charge of all social networks, had joined BlackBerry when his contact-management company Gist was acquired back in 2011. The report says McCann quit about two weeks ago. McCann had been in charge of third-party social networks apps on BB, and he was also in charge of BlackBerry Messenger.

And, Marc Gingras, who has been with BlackBerry since his social-calendar company Tungle.me was acquired by the company in 2011, has also left. Gingras had been tasked with building the new calendar and contacts applications for BlackBerry 10; and, sources close to Gingras say that he was also responsible for the new BlackBerry Hub feature of BB10. 

The report says that BlackBerry tried to convince both men to stay, but was obviously unsuccessful in its attempts. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:05

1. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:11

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

There's going to be nothing to restructure.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:06

2. FlushGordon (unregistered)

Ohhh, they tried to convince them to stay? Or save face? O.o

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:18 3

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

People may think this funny but the very same people here that laugh at blackberrys failure need to realize that this is a businesses company and if this company falls it will in some way shape or form hurt businesses else where through out the world! so why want to see them fall when it may mean seeing your economy fall

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:10 2

4. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

thats why its great that mccann and gingras are able to save themselves while they still can. no need to wait and fall together with bb... find a better job at google/apple/samsung/ms etc...other employee should do the same while there still time...

you mean seeing canada's economy fall... because outside canada, no one really care about bb...

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:27

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

im sure america works with Canada businesses wise in some way shape or form so it may hurt us too in some ways bro

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 22:15 1

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Well if execs for these companies didnt get paid mountains more money than doctors, firefighters, teachers, police, etc maybe I would care more.

That said.....what goes up must come down. The same way BB is struggling, Apple, Google, MS could be in their shoes a few years from now. MS already is IMO, no matter what the WP fans say. There was a time I thought BB would NEVER fall out of 1st place for smartphones.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:32

7. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

sooner or later we will see both either in MS or IOS.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:31

9. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

This is great news. Those executives realize that BlackBerry is a failure and gout out. Soon enough we will never hear from BlackBerry or that tool Thorsten again

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