Bert Nordberg stepping down from BlackBerry board next month

By Sam Sabri on 15 May 2014 07:18 pm EDT

BlackBerry board member Bert Nordberg won't be seeking re-election to his seat next month. A recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that Mr. Nordberg won't be staying on as a board member with BlackBerry and will opt instead to step down.

Mr. Nordberg has a storied history within the telecommunication industry. He earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Malmo Tekniska Laroverk in Sweden, received training as an Engineer in the Swedish Marines and attended international business classes in France.

An overwhelming majority of his career was spent with Ericsson, a communications technology and services company in Sweden. Mr. Nordberg was even President & CEO of Sony Ericsson for a brief time period.

Bert Nordberg joined the BlackBerry board in February 2013.

His departrue from the board will bring the total number of board members to six. In the filing with the SEC, BlackBerry stated they won't be looking to add any new members at the annual meeting next month. Instead, the company will try to increase their membership by two qualified directors sometime during the current fiscal year.

Thoughts on Bert Nordberg leaving? Who would you like to see join the board later this year? Sound off below.

Source: SEC, Via: WSJ

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Bert Nordberg stepping down from BlackBerry board next month


I have no clue who he is, but if his stepping down brings good fortune to BlackBerry then very good.

If he was on board with the decision to remove the trackpad, then good riddance!

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Somewhere in history someone said the same thing about the rotary phone. Seriously, let it go...

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My Doid Incredible had a track was 'effin awesome. As of now, I am another who is looking forward to the BlackBerry Classic.

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Smh everyone apparently is always "on board". Guys move on. Probably few people made that decision not every blackberry worker you've ever heard of

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If he only joined the board in February 2013 then the decision to ditch the trackpad had been made months before that, probably at least 18 months, or maybe even during the design of the PlayBook.

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The purpose of the board is to oversee the executive team, specifically the CEO.

The board represents the interests of the shareholders and the CEO reports to them.

Dominate the MCAT C0012A8A6

In other words, the board defines the interests of the company, as well as the margins to reach those interests.

While the CEO decides objectives within those margins in order to reach those interests (he "only" executes).

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Well they work with the CEO to outline the objectives, and make sure he sticks to those objectives

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So if Burt Reynolds was on the Board of NASCAR...still a "no go" in your mind?

Well, for me---I'm gonna keep "The Bandit" on the Board.

Murray Squire Marr

I was actually more taken by the last name Nordberg. Visions of OJ Simpson in a giant afro wig turning sideways to get through a doorway immediately leapt to mind.

(It's a Naked Gun movie reference, people, not a racist joke).

Outstanding. My favorite part of the entire series--a series with a lot of favorite parts--right there.

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I'm surprised anybody is leaving at this exciting time as BlackBerry gains momentum in its turnaround. I see great things coming, starting with the lineups for the Z3 in Indonesia today, to the big sales in shares to a couple prominent investors the past couple of days. Maybe Mr. Chen is making people work hard for their money. Good riddance I say. Go team BlackBerry!

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He is not a man of Great things. He prefers sleepy companies where he can doze off a Board Meetings.

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He's an awfully busy guy at the moment with Tesla and Space X, but could you imagine the value he'd bring!

I doubt it could happen, but it would be awesome if he joined the board, and the mobile world would absolutely take notice and would give some huge mind share to the BBRY name and the devices, that we already know, to be the best!

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I'd rather see Elon Musk buy BlackBerry and reinvent it his way than see him just become part of the current machine.

In my opinion Elon Musk > BlackBerry and I'm a BlackBerry supporter.

I don't know of anyone that could add excitement to the BlackBerry brand, that would be one of the biggest business successes we'll probably ever see if it ever happens. I just hang on to my Z10 and hope that someone can do something to swing the current negativity into something positive as it should be with the great products they have.

Not in a thousand years unless it's a Canadian company. Canadian government has BlackBerry locked down to its soil.

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Considering his engineering expertise it's quite possible that QNX Cloud EMM partnerships that I hope ate pending with the Internet of things and strong partnerships with most European carriers may have had a LOT to do with him.

I honestly believe you and just about everyone else here on these forums besides Chris O really don't have a clue what he did at BlackBerry!! You're making a bold out if your are accusation about "HIS watch" and you have no fact nor proof to back it up!!

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Don't know his contributions so can't say. What I do know is that since there has been no strategic partnership with Sony he certainly wasn't able to get Sony to come aboard. Which is unfortunate. Sony declared a loss and are forecasting another one. Looks like their jumping on the Android bandwagon hasn't done much for their bottom line.

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Stepping down or forced out? Not 100% sure how the board works but I'm sure many of these people who have been leaving the company recently have more then likely been forced out as nicely as possible.

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Yea I think you're right. Seems to me that they are letting go anyone on the board that doesnt share Prem's views.

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Bring in someone with major enterprise background in a regulated space (health care) and another major shareholder.

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They should get someone from a major American bank to join their board. This should give them chops to push mobile payments with BBM money and boost their profile in American corporate circles.

Another idea could be a former executive from a large asian consumer electronics conglomerate (think Samsung, Panasonic or LG). This should set them up for their internet of things investment strategies and provide them with better board level representation from east asian markets.

An executive from an Indian company based in India wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Do you not realise, American banks are corrupt.

Getting someone from one of them to sit on the BlackBerry BOD? That'd kill BlackBerry dead.

If you're dealing with a corrupt financial system and government you are better off being supported by them in times of crisis.

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As a shareholder I nominate Kevin to the board. Would allow for a unique and open opinion on BlackBerry. That would be thinking outside the box and showing that BlackBerry REALLY wants to give the people what THEY want!!!

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Would this be considered a conflict of interest of sorts?

Being a BlackBerry abuser, investor AND on the board?
I don't see why not! Go Kevin!

How about a major Google player?
May be a good thing to have a partnership where QNX on Google phones and Google play on blackberry

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If Kevin was on the board, he would quickly ensure all other members had a golden iPhone! LOL, just jokes eh. Cary on... nothing to see here...

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More seriously, I would like to see a marketer brought on board. It will surprise none of you to learn that the board is heavy in MBA, Finance, and Engineering, with not a single marketing voice to be found. At some point the company is going to have to make an effort to return to the public consciousness - unless they've already decided they're going to abandon the consumer market and focus exclusively on BES and/or corporate clients. Even then they would benefit from advertising expertise, though admittedly I would care less about their future if they were no longer building me handsets.

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Shoot... might as well bring Dr. Dre on board, that 3.2 billion he just made off of Apple buying his headphones might come in handy!


Luigi Colani.

Let him have a stab at the next phone design. Don't even dare imagine now what he'd come up with!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Alicia Keys.

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There has probably been some disagreement over strategy where Bert did not agree with the vision of the majority of the board, or JC, and as such did not want to seek re-election to the board. He had gone on record an said that some subsets of BlackBerry should be sold of, and that it could survive as a "niche company". JC seems to have slightly bigger plans.

Or any number of other reasons.

He has probably been a tremendous asset for BlackBerry, or else he wouldn't have been hired in the first place. Best of luck to him and thanks for his contribution in the effort of turning the company around.

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Please ask Mr. Jubei Raziel to join the board. He has unique perspective on blackberry and had the ability to think creatively and progressively. While I think Kevin is a great guy he wouldn't be my first choice for this partucular position.

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If I remain correctly (please correct me) he was hired under Heins' erra to explore "strategic reviews".
I guess exploration time is over. Could it be as simple as that ?

That would explain a lot. The strategic alternatives nonsense didn't pan out, even backfired.

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I'd like to see a board member who thinks like a start-up.
In my largely uneducated guess, BlackBerry needs a bit more startup thinking.

And someone who is passionate about BlackBerry and has a gift for marketing. It's all very well having one of the best global tech companies but no good if few people recognise it. Someone who can bring marketing charisma so that millions more people can feel as passionately about BlackBerry products as most of us on Crackberry do.

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Blackberry's Board
Prem - B School -Finance
Barbara - B School - RBC
Timothy - MBA - TPG Capital
Claudia - Economics, CPA - P&G
Richard - EE - Verizon
Bert - EE - Sony Ericsson

Apples Board
Angela - Retail
Eddy - Software
Craig - SE
John - Design
Peter - Finance
Dan - Hardware
Philip - Marketing

Now I am not saying anything other than look at the diversity of knowledge on Apples board vs. Blackberry.
If Bert is stepping down I hope that the directors they chose have qualifications in other areas besides finance and management.

Skill set.

My suggestion:
Luigi Colani (design)

And hire a few people from the Virgin conglomerate, lots of passion and how to market a "cool" product

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You're thinking about the character in "Office Space" LOL!

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

"Bert's the word! Ah birt, birt, bbb,birt, bbb, birt..." - Peter Griffin

Bert and Ernie - Sesame Street (or Se same Street as George Bush used to call it)

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Expect a lot of shares to be dumped after the regulated period is over for Bert. He will position his stock dump with a big announcement. BlackBerry will be taken over.

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hopefully his salary can now be injected into some innovative BlackBerry concept phones.

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