BlackBerry turns to the courts to stop executive from defecting to Apple

BlackBerry turns to the courts to stop executive from defecting to Apple
Last December, BlackBerry senior VP of software Sebastien Marineau-Mes gave the Canadian manufacturer two months notice of his decision to leave Waterloo for Cupertino. The executive had decided to leave BlackBerry for Apple, and who could blame him? Apple was offering him the position of VP of Core OS at a company that still has a bright future ahead of it. BlackBerry, on the other hand, might have already seen its best days.

But before Marineau-Mes could sit at his new desk at Apple, BlackBerry sued to prevent him from going anywhere. As it turns out, under the terms of a contract signed by Marineau-Mes for a promotion, he had to give BlackBerry six months notice before leaving. And sure enough, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice saw it the same way, which means that the executive will have to wait until June 23rd before receiving his new business cards.

We're not sure why BlackBerry would still want this guy sitting around for another three months. After all, he is leaving for a rival company, he surely has to be bitter about the whole thing, and he probably can't wait to leave. We get the whole idea of John Chen showing off BlackBerry's newly found determination and strength, but why would you want someone like that hanging around your HQ everyday when his mind is California dreaming?

Perhaps Chen is hoping that Marineau-Mes gets an eyeful of the BlackBerry Windermere and decides to stay.

source: CanLII, iMore via BGR



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They're keeping him because they would rather have more time to find a replacement than not. Regardless, can't see him contributing much to the sinking ship that is BB. Definitely can't blame him for trying to switch, Apple's float in all waters lol, don't know about BBs.

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

BB is dying, no one want to be in dying company and got cut. Jumping to better job right now is smarter than being cut. Being cut could result in no job for the rest of his life.

2. jimjam unregistered

To feed him bogus innovation before he moves to apple

3. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The guy received a promotion to Executive Vice President of Product Development in September of 2013. His contract stipulated that he had to give six months notice before leaving. BlackBerry is doing nothing wrong by making the guy honor his contract. He would expect the same from BlackBerry. And anyone on this site, including me, would expect the same from my employer. That's all there is to this. He is free to go in June, which is not a long time from now.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Blackberry should have let him go and just have the court motion that any end of contract payout to him be voided, because if he was already going to another company, he isn't going to be a benificial contributor to the company he is leaving during any of that time.

5. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Many companies have a "non-compete" clause. He knew the position of Blackberry when he signed his contract. He tethered himself to a sinking ship. While they can not force him to work for their company, they can prevent him from working for a competitor. But why sit home and not get paid? Might as well make money in the interim. Now the question is will he have a position at Apple in June availble to him?

6. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

He is smart and leaving the sinking ship before he drowns. Good move

7. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Shame on apiskula finalflash and the others. Blackberry is bigger than your tiny world. And may I repeat I see nothing spectacular about your toy iPhone. Just sold my iPhone for a z30 and boy that phone and OS leaves IOS in the dust. bigger screen better battery life and so less restrictive..... Longlive BB. Give BB a break and see that John Chen is pushing hard. I still wonder why zombies gravitate towards overpriced 'underfunctional' garbage. Typo even had to copy BB for that extra....

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Trolls like Apiskula and company can't help but be trolls. Their lives would be meaningless if they didn't have BlackBerry to bash.

9. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

You were comparing the wrong smartphone. iToy is stuck at 4", if you wanna upgrade, buy Samsung Galaxy S5, or LG G3, or Sony Xperia Z2, or Oppo Find 7, or OnePlus One, or HTC One 2014. Z30 is big, and sure it's looks amazing compared to iphone, but it's really 10 year behind android. Z30 problem is using an operating system that will cease to exist very soon. a.k.a bad support, and no apps.

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