BlackBerry Executive Shakeup Continues

The executive shakeup at ailing BlackBerry isnEUt over yet. As part of what it is calling an EUongoing reorganization,EU the handset maker announced two more departures, a C-suite switch up and a board resignation.

Kristian Tear, the chief operating officer, and Frank Boulben, the chief marketing officer, are leaving BlackBerry. The company also announced that James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as its chief financial officer.

Yersh, who has worked at BlackBerry since 2008, previously served as senior vice president and controller, and as the companyEUs head of compliance. Bidulka will stay on as a special advisor to the CEO for the remainder of the fiscal year to assist with the transition. BlackBerry also announced that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.

ChenEUs Outlook Strong

That leaves Chen -- and BlackBerry's really betting on him. Chen just took over the company after Thornsten Heins resigned in November. Chen previously served as the chairman and CEO of Sybase, beginning in 1998. Under Chen's leadership, Sybase was transformed from a mature technology company into a high-growth enterprise data management, data warehousing, mobility management and analytics innovator that was acquired by SAP AG in 2010.

EUBlackBerry has a strong cash position and continues, by a significant margin, to be the top provider of trusted and secure mobile device management solutions to enterprise customers around the world,EU said Chen, executive chair and CEO of BlackBerry.

EUBuilding on this core strength, and in conjunction with these management changes, I will continue to align my senior management team and organizational structure, and refine the companyEUs strategy to ensure we deliver the best devices, mobile security and device management through BES 10, provide multi-platform messaging solutions with BBM, and expand adoption of QNX embedded systems," he said.

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