Three more executives say "Goodbye!" to BlackBerry ahead of quarter financial report

Three more executives say "Goodbye!" to BlackBerry ahead of quarter financial report
The structural changes within BlackBerry continue, as the company is losing three high-ranking executive officers. Both Rick Costanzo, executive vice-president of global sales, and Chris Wormald, vice-president of strategic alliances, are relieved from their duties at the troubled Canadian manufacturer. The director of global public policies, Mark Cameron, is leaving the company as well. This is part of BlackBerry's shake up, which aims at bringing the company back on its feet.

In the beginning of November, BlackBerry replaced CEO Thorsten Heins with John Chen. Chen's reorganization of BlackBerry began less than a month ago, when it was announced that some management and board changes would be made. Shortly after, board member Roger Martin, Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben and Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear left the company, while James Yersh replaced Brian Bidulka as a Chief Financial Officer. However, the latter will remain a special advisor to CEO John Chen for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Yesterday (December 18) it was announced that in order to strengthen BlackBerry, John Chen has hired two new high-ranking executives, who happen to be his former colleagues. James S. Mackey was recruited as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, while Mark Wilson will take up the reigns of the company's marketing. Both have worked with Chen at a German software company, SAP, for a lot of years.


Another former SAP executive, John Sims, was named head of BlackBerry's global enterprise services on Tuesday (December 17). Considering that Sims has engaged in many company redesigns in the past, it is highly likely that he would be in the core of BlackBerry's plan to step on its feet.


BlackBerry is expected to announce its quarter earnings report for Q4 2013 on December 20. According to some analysts, the company's revenue for the trimester will be $1.6 billion, which is a 42% down in comparison with the same period in 2012. Meanwhile, the company announced that thanks to a recent contract, it will supply the French car manufacturer, Peugeot Citroen, with 10,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

source: BlackBerry (1), (2), StreetInsider via The Guardian

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7 Comments

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

BB is starting to look very similar to the last days of Palm...

6. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I have a Z10 which works awesome, also I've got all Android apps I need. I hope they will still bring out the Z50 next year!

3. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Someday there'll be a better chance for BB....

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That ball was dropped a long time ago. They waited too long to release tegu big finish and now it has sunk faster than a lead filled balloon.

2. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

There will be blood.

1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

RIP BLackberry

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wait they were actually alive?

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