BlackBerry has lost its top man in India. Managing Director Sunil Lalvani is leaving the manufacturer after joining the company in 2009. Prior to being named Managing Director, Lalvani was in charge of enterprise sales in India. Just a few weeks ago, he told the media that BlackBerry India was winning new business in the enterprise sector. BlackBerry's MDM product, BES12, has been doing well in the country according to the now departed executive.
Lalvani was named Managing Director of BlackBerry India two years ago and focused on enterprise rather than consumer sales. You would figure that this would make him extremely valuable to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who has a vision for the company that focuses on business, security and software.
BlackBerry has named Matthew Tonkin, VP, Carrier Sales and Distribution, as Lalvani's interim replacement. Tonkin will now be running BlackBerry India. In a statement released today, Varghese Thomas, BlackBerry India communications chief, said that a permanent replacement will be named soon.
"I can confirm Sunil Lalvani has left his position as Managing Director, BlackBerry India to explore opportunities outside of BlackBerry. We thank him for his contributions. In the interim, Matthew Tonkin, VP, Carrier Sales and Distribution, APAC, will lead operations in India. We will announce a permanent replacement soon. India is an important market for BlackBerry and we are committed to our customers in this region who demand the most secure and productive mobile communications."-Varghese Thomas, communications and social media chief, BlackBerry