Hot on the heels of the appointment announcement of John Sims as President of Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry has now announced two more executive hires. This time around we see James S. Mackey appointed as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning and Mark Wilson appointed as Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Jim and Mark are important appointments for BlackBerry as they bring extensive experience and add the necessary leadership and depth that will help us drive our transformation," said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry. "I have worked extensively with both of them in the past, have the utmost respect for their experience and accomplishments, and we have developed close and trusted relationships with each other that will enable us to cohesively manage the changes required to reshape BlackBerry.

John Chen seems to be wasting no time when it comes to hiring people he thinks BlackBerry needs. We'll be taking a further look at their history here in a bit but for now, you can read on through the full press release from BlackBerry below.

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces Two New Executive Appointments

WWATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - December 18, 2013) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced two appointments that strengthen the Company's strategy, marketing and operations.

James S. Mackey was appointed Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, joining the Company with years of experience executing highly successful corporate strategies that drive growth. Mark Wilson was named Senior Vice President of Marketing and brings extensive experience building brand preference and driving integrated marketing for a number of well-known companies.

"Jim and Mark are important appointments for BlackBerry as they bring extensive experience and add the necessary leadership and depth that will help us drive our transformation," said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry. "I have worked extensively with both of them in the past, have the utmost respect for their experience and accomplishments, and we have developed close and trusted relationships with each other that will enable us to cohesively manage the changes required to reshape BlackBerry."

Before joining BlackBerry, Mackey served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Open Text Corp., as well as head of Corporate Development at SAP, where he developed and led the Company's global merger and acquisitions group, including completing more than 40 acquisitions.

Wilson will join BlackBerry in January from Avaya, where as CMO he led the marketing transition to a customer-solutions orientation. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Field Marketing at Sybase, and has extensive experience in marketing roles at AT&T and KPMG. At Sybase, he oversaw branding and advertising, lead generation, sales enablement and mobile product marketing operations.