BlackBerry announces management changes


BlackBerry’s new CEO, John S. Chen, is not wasting any time in starting to make changes at BlackBerry. As part of the company’s reorganization, both its Chief Operating Officer, Kristian Tear, and its Chief Marketing Officer, Frank Boulben, are leaving the company. James Yersh, previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Controller and as the Company’s head of Compliance will replace Brian Bidulka as Chief Financial Officer with Bidulka to remain until the end of the year to assist with the transition.

“I thank Kristian and Frank for their efforts on behalf of BlackBerry. I look forward to working more directly with the talented teams of engineers, and the sales and marketing teams around the world to facilitate the BlackBerry turn-around and to drive innovation,” said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry. “I also thank Brian for his eight years of dedicated service to BlackBerry. I look forward to working with James and his Finance team as we move forward, execute on our plans and deliver long-term value for our shareholders.”

There were also changes at the board level. Roger Martin, a Board member since 2007, has also resigned. No reason for his departure was provided.

Replacements for Boulben and Tear who joined in May 2012 were not announced today. BlackBerry could make such announcements when it announces its latest financial results in mid-December.

Source : BlackBerry