BlackBerry appoints Ron Louks to take over leadership of devices business

By Bla1ze on 6 Jan 2014 09:23 am
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BlackBerry's Executive Chair and CEO, John Chen has added another name to their executive ranks. Ron Louks will be joining the company as President, Devices and Emerging Solutions. Louks is noted for his history at The OpenNMS Group, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Ron held many leadership positions over several decades in the technology industry, including as the Chief Strategy Officer of HTC America Inc. and the Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson.

"I am pleased to add another outstanding addition to BlackBerry's executive leadership team with the announcement of Ron today," said Chen. "I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to BlackBerry and to our customers around the world. Ron will focus on BlackBerry's long-term product roadmap, including hardware, software and design, as well as the Company's joint development efforts. A good deal of Ron's time will be spent with customers, carriers and partners. On our path to return BlackBerry to profitability, nothing is more important than remaining deeply connected to our customers, and designing and delivering secure products that exceed their expectations."

This move comes after several other executive hires by John Chen, most notable the appointing of James S. Mackey as Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, Mark Wilson appointed as Senior Vice President of Marketing as well as John Sims as President of Global Enterprise Services.

Press Release

BlackBerry Appoints Leadership for Devices Business

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 6, 2014) - BlackBerry(R) Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that Ron Louks will join the Company as President, Devices and Emerging Solutions reporting to BlackBerry's Executive Chair and CEO, John Chen.

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.

"I am pleased to add another outstanding addition to BlackBerry's executive leadership team with the announcement of Ron today," said Chen. "I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to BlackBerry and to our customers around the world."

Chen added, "Ron will focus on BlackBerry's long-term product roadmap, including hardware, software and design, as well as the Company's joint development efforts. A good deal of Ron's time will be spent with customers, carriers and partners. On our path to return BlackBerry to profitability, nothing is more important than remaining deeply connected to our customers, and designing and delivering secure products that exceed their expectations."

Ron Louks joins BlackBerry from The OpenNMS Group, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Ron held many leadership positions over several decades in the technology industry, including as the Chief Strategy Officer of HTC America Inc. and the Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson.

180 comments

alan510

Chen is changing the corporate structure and therefore accountability. He is creating separate divisions and operating units which will have their own (likely) balance sheets with a corporate Head office that provides joint services to the units. It makes sense and it also allows for flexibility if other moves are needed down the road. You need people to head these divisions and it's normal for those people to be Presidents. Other large companies have similar structures, especially if they are focused on delivering more than one product which BlackBerry with its devices, software, BBM and enterprise focus is now doing.

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jojo beaconsfield

I hope there's no weak link in the chain.Truly last chance ,better make it good and strong,

mandony

Let us hope for the best. Quality leadership is critical in hardware, software, design, and development.
Important next appointments should be in marketing.

Great hardware, software, design are nothing when there is inadequate marketing.
Case in point, Z10 / Q10 have not captured user imagination though worthy products.

mandony

Today, Jan6, the BB stock is UP about 5%.
If you had bought the stock at the approximate bottom $6 last month, you would have a 30% increase.

It seems like everything BB does now is positive in the mind of the stock market players (not necessarily the 'analysts'.)

The stock price is now coming closer to the $9 'going private' buy-back amount.

This is good news for stockholders who had earlier bought BB for the long range.

Soeasy

"If you had bought the stock at the approximate bottom $6 last month, you would have a 30% increase."

What if you had brought it 5 months ago at $17?

My point? Why do some of you bring up stock prices as an indicator of the BB's stock success and why does it only count if you got in at rock bottom?

Just curious.

Supa_Fly1

Hog wash! Chen picked an executive from a failing company, one that was almost on the same predicament as BlackBerry is and was for more than 2yrs and he ran like a few other executives.

I have NO DAMN loyalty to Chen. Change is good I don't fear it but it's always a honeymoon in the beginning and just like it was for Heins as well. Look how many fickle bone heads on these boards held him on a pedalstall and chopped his head off just under a year later.

Eight now I see the same basic changes job cuts on the low end, hiring on the high end, doubling up job roles in the mid tier, all more spending for re arrangements - there Really is NO reason hire a new guy for a new role that consolidates responsibilities and causes more stress. This just ensures a speedy getaway with massive cash just like the previous guard did!
If you cannot see the trends and can't see Chen specifically stating his full accolades vs a generalisation then you're ready to be served!

The deal with HongHai subsidiary has been made and done with someone or a team that already exists! Again no Nedd for a specialty role especially when the previous guy has KEPT BlackBerry afloat with tight supply chain thus far. Negotiate the deal and have the guy continue his miserly ways. It worked for 8mths with other suppliers and it looks like this new OEM is waiting for new partners.!

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Nathan Hesketh

While I agree with some stuff you say, I'd like to point out that the previous COO was actually not managing the supply chain well and as a result, there was a billion dollar write-down.

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Supa_Fly1

Oh yeah I forgot about that but that was only for 1 out of 3 quarters if I'm not mistaken right?

A write down is not because roof costs of a product - it's about market trends not in its favour and horrible marketing, and bad pricing of the product on subsidy and retail price.

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Bla1ze

Wow... Supa_Fly1.. really don't like him eh?

rustlecrowe

Better pick one who knows to navigate in rough waters (even if the ship sunk), than hiring someone who always enjoyed the ease of a good-going company and therefore never had to make tough decisions.

freddysrevng3

Anyone better than Francois Boulben....anyone...

Also, great to see that BlackBerry will still be producing high level phones for guys like me who will "figure out" how to get one....

CB10 from the Z30

Superfly_FR

It's Frank ... and he was CMO ;)

IJKBB10

He was so useless not even funny. Actually quite sad

freddysrevng3

No kidding.....

CB10 from the Z30

NotGoodIMO

Yeah, him and the Heinz made a sauce out of Blackberry. What a bunch of jokers! Good riddance.

Observation Junkie

I could suggest you could always try busking for extra cash on the subway :)

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freddysrevng3

HTC One is one of the most well respected phones on the market. If this guy had anything to do with its lineage - he is a good addition.

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bspence87

My thoughts. They were actually a quite highly respected manufacturer around his time as well.

Some of the Sonys are not too shabby either..

PineappleUnderTheSea

Yeah but where's HTC now? Down the drain. Their net profit for 4Q was worse than expected, even though they sold their stake in Beats. So actually, if this guy did have something to do with lineage, I'm a bit worried.

mjdimer

HTC's problems aren't because of their hardware.

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ALToronto

Agree. HTC's and Blackberry's problems aren't with the technology, they're with letting people know about the technology and what it can do better than the competition.

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Speedygi

And a part of that also revolves around public perception of the companies, which clearly outshadowed everything else.

Observation Junkie

We will have them all depicted on Mount Rushmore

:)

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martinjdub

Winning

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martinjdub

Dude's got some serious credentials and if he's a friend of Chen, he's a friend of mine.

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vtecberry

Second that

Vtecberry Z10

Observation Junkie

Heck, I will even let him date my sister

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TranceRomance

Oh yeah!!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

canuckbear

+1000000000

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Xavior

HTC and Ericsson aren't doing too great right now.. wonder how this guy will pan out

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joeldf

His work history includes those companies. Without looking it up, I don't know when he was there, but it sounds like it was some time ago. Likely not during their current downturn.

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Bla1ze

The OpenNMS Group, Inc. January 2012 – Present (2 years 1 month) Pittsboro, NC

Chief Strategy Officer - HTC
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TAIEX:2498; Wireless industry
July 2010 – January 2012 (1 year 7 months)

Chief Technology Officer (Corporate Vice President) - Sony Ericsson
Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Telecommunications industry
April 2009 – July 2010 (1 year 4 months)

VP Head of Technology and Research America's - Sony Ericsson
Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Telecommunications industry
June 2007 – March 2009 (1 year 10 months)

jojo beaconsfield

Seems like he's been working himself up the ladder,you forgot to mention he was Ceo at OpenNMS Group.lol

vaioman

It doesn't seem like he stays in his roles for long

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timhorton

The bottom two position are both within Sony Ericsson

00stryder

Still, that's max 2-3 years at any given company listed.

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Vijit Coomara

Don't like anyone who only has short stints at companies. Big Red flag.

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Superfly_FR

Depends of the mission. Sometimes you need snipers ...

trroystory

Wow! Definitely the truest thing Iv heard all week.. nice response

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bspence87

Yep! it's amazing that he's able to improve his position that quickly! It's not like he got fired, he keeps getting scouted.

finkmob

Nice!

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akdtor

Agree- Not long enough to really do anything and not long enough to get blamed for anything. I want to see committed people that have a passion for turning BB around.

jojo beaconsfield

@akdtor,I think all these new people know what they are up against and have the ability and knowledge to turn things around great vote of approval for BB going forward.Would you go to a company that has no chance in the future?LOL

DaSchwantz

This crew is being heavily incented with stock options timed with a successful turnaround - likely a 2-3 year proposition at most.

walt63

That's not always a bad thing.

Sometimes, even the higher up roles are contractual - "get this done in this time frame". After the project is deemed successful and the contract is up, they get poached by another company for more money or seek another opportunity or their contract is not renewed.

Observation Junkie

Big flaming red flag

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SuperionMaximus

I don't know about this one. SonyEricsson was a failure and only now, a few years after Sony took the whole operation under it's own roof is it starting to turn around slowly. HTC has lacked vision for years and are currently in a worse spot then BlackBerry as they aren't in any business outside of smartphones and are tied to Android. This guy seems to come from a a background of companies that never really quite hit it out of the park with their hardware designs in the last few years.

Personally, if I were scouting someone to head my devices division, Marko Ahtisaari would be on the top of my list.

CJH_

Thanks for that Bla1ze - he wasn't at those companies very long though; maybe he didn't need to be.

nabil114

You make it seem like he worked in successful company. (I rather they bring someone from Apple - they would know what it took that makes Apple successful)

jojo beaconsfield

I wonder if he can get something going in Japan?You know the story there so that would be good.

nabil114

They can expand in Japan and China.

abdallahk

Great news, now leak the roadmap!

From the Q10 Until the Q30

birdman_38

Not sure they have one to leak at the moment.

sickyute

I like!

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Z10Woman

Now make a BB10 Playbook. We need one!

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Alvin Loh

Seriously blackberry need to consider a tablet that run BB10...I will absolutely buy 1 :P

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TZRick

Agreed...as long as it is priced right. The original Playbook at full retail was ridiculous. When they dropped the price to match the Kindle way back when, it made sense.

Once the price is right, hopefully volume will flow and developers will start developing.

Awesome hardware and OS cannot live without the app ecosystem.

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RubberChicken76

It made sense to be able to be price competitive with Amazon, but not fiscally as they lost money. Amazon has an Amazon online store ecosystem and makes up profit on the longterm. BalckBerry didn't have that

3_M4N

I think a BlackBerry tablet with easy apk installation would do very well. Companies want the security of BlackBerry on their tablets, but individuals want access to the apps they find on consumer tablets. If apk installation is as easy or easier than it is on 10.2.1, we'll certainly have a tablet option that stands a chance. Fingers crossed!

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

Superfly_FR

... a device that will communicate M2M with BB10/QNX devices will have my preference by far. (call it a "dummy tablet", a "screen peripheral" ...)

nt300

Fully agree. The PlayBook was ahead of its time, but lacked a properly running OS along with lack of native e-mail. That IMO killed the PlayBook sales. Plus BlackBerry was going after the iPad market. Wrong Move IMO.

In my opinion, BlackBerry should release a BB10 based tablet, price it right and go forward. The enterprise require tablets to communicate with there smart phones, and a BB10 based tablet and phone would be a match made in heaven. I know many service people that require tablets regardless, because they need a larger screen versus a large smart phone. A 5", 6" won't cut it.

slagman5

I think they need to focus on making a phone that sells first before they start expanding their line-up...

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IJKBB10

Very true. If they can't sell their phones in masses what makes them think they can sell tablets.

The only 3 companies really making profit in the smartphone & tablet market is Apple with its over priced iPhone's and iPads, Samsung with its phones and tablets and Google licensing it's Android software to manufacturer s.

Everyone else needs to be cheaper to appeal to ppl who don't or can't afford the more expensive devices.

SparkyBC

Let them turn around the handset business before releasing another flop..

Man@Arms

Let them work out interoffice and OS kinks first! Instead I'm looking forward to great and stable smartphones with the ability to bridge/mirror the OS onto whatever tablet or pc we see fit, via some type of app.

ya3goub

For tablets I'm only buying Android...

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ssbtech

For tablets, I'm only buying Windows. Nothing like being able to run full desktop apps on a tablet.

Thunderbuck

Tablets are now a loss business in hardware for everybody but Apple. They might as well dig a big hole in the ground and shovel cash into it.

jbplaybook

Loved the Bridge function of OS7 devices on the Playbook. Would love to see cross platform Bridge - on Win, Mac, Android, iOS! Could use my BB10 phone with any OS. Just brainstormin....

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CJH_

In a recent press release, Chen said no more tablets for the foreseeable.

Pilot Prop

soooo what was that some people on here were saying about how BB has abandoned hardware?

abdallahk

Tell me about it, absolute nitwits

From the Q10 Until the Q30

Dave Bourque

Don't worry they'll find something else to grasp on...

jojo beaconsfield

Yeah,just make something up and see how it pans out

Omnitech

Thankyou for mentioning that.

I'm sure the naysayers will find another false controversy to bray about soon enough tho...

3_M4N

+10

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

TZRick

I'm excited to see what this all-star cast can produce! Sounds like a team of proven winners with deep experience in their respective fields. Way to go Mr. President!

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LyBerry

Let's just hope they can get on and stay on the same page. The company doesn't need another fiasco behind the scenes like they had before.

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mikr009876

Let's watch the space.

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harshadpatel

Interesting

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laketrout73

I'd be curious to see BlackBerry's current org chart.

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jic999

He comes from HTC who just reported horrific earnings and outlook, even though from my observations they make a good mobile device.
Bring us the HTC goods not the bad $$$

Go Chen Go !!

joeldf

As Bla1z noted above, this guy was at HTC for 2 years, but left 2 years ago - long before HTCs current problems.

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joeldf

Sorry, that's Bla1ze, with an "e" st the end.

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jic999

Boulben came from Bankrupt Lightwave... but all good .....HTC has a great design product team from what I was told..... lets support the John Chen BlackBerry Team all the way !!!

agarwal.apar

A change is always welcome!

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ObadaAlZayed

I am not understanding anything!!
Can anyone explain for me what is happening??

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DocDRM

Obada - that's what too much time playing GTA does to you: makes you incapable of understanding grown-up talk.

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Omnitech

More executives appointed, people with long histories in the business, making it clear that BlackBerry is NOT abandoning the hardware side, as so many critics were so sure they were going to do...

BlackBerrari

In GTA words...: John Chen, player one, chose Ron Louks, driver no. 5, to drive car no 3 (the unit he's president of) and kick everybodies asses that does not do what he's supposed to do ;-)

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playbookster

I like it

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Shadberry Bold

The only thing Blackberry 10 devices are missing is App support.

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vtecberry

And marketing. People need to know about bb10 that don't use crackberry. Just saying

Vtecberry Z10

Prem WatsApp

Crackberry needs to be pre-installed on BB devices before any other OEM junkware!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

Btw, CB10 is not junkware :-)

Anyone say junkware? Looking at you, Samsung...

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jojo beaconsfield

The street likes it too,stocks up 2.76%,it usually falls around 11am and then gets a lift after ,we'll see.

jojo beaconsfield

Well 11:11am and up 4.60% keep your fingers crossed.

Bacon Munchers

Thanks for this. I was too nervous to look. Thought I would come here first to ease into it.

PS - So much for the BGR dough-heads and their "BlackBerry has lost all there execs...." mumbo-jumbo.

SparkyBC

Finally hiring people QUALIFIED for the job.

Thunderbuck

This hire is a pretty significant signal that BB still cares about the device business, for sure.

Tris77

Its interesting to think apple command and direct the market in the way it feels fit. It has real power over how you think about its software and hardware. Blackberry in so many ways has the edge in a number of fields with its hardware/software yet people just don't feel the same about it.Marketing it seems is everything and this is one area blackberry really needs to step up the mark on. What good is all this great hardware/software if people can't see the campaigns and connect with it. Apple has this nailed and im ashamed to say, it's a leaf I wish blackberry would copy. Let's hope these new people have some of this in mind. Just a thought!

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Bacon Munchers

BlackBerry did copy Apple somewhat. Have you seen the Z10?

Apple also copied BlackBerry with the latest iOS, with some gestures and menus.

Tit for Tat (no pun intended) is the game.

Now, with regards to BlackBerry marketing like Apple? Well, that is another story.

Tris77

Yes they did copy..... but not in marketing. here in the uk nobody really heard to much about the new blackberry and bb10. All this hard work and recruiting will be for nothing if this problem isn't solved by the correct people for the job. That being said.... I think Chen is making good strong statement to the mobile market. Taking the bull by the horns and being swift is a very good start to grow confidence. As for the z10 I think we can all agree that yes it had I flavour of i5 but the feel of it just wasn't premium enough.... that coupled with over production from bad management means it will always be frowned upon by many. I personally liked it very much but again it wasn't marketed well so it was misunderstood. I feel Chen won't let this happen again. Why the z10 never received the build quality of the Q10 is beyond me.

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Prem WatsApp

Yep. Z10 build quality did not meet expectation, did not match competitors offerings (iP5, HTC One). Just the plasticky feel. I didn't mind, but the masses do.

BB needs to get some touch of exclusivity again, more like a secret tip from your best friend, "have you checked out those new BlackBerries, mate, look here what I can do with it,... etc" and the rest will jump on the bandwagon. Apps need to be there, so the whinging stops. Add some BBW exclusive killer apps ftw...

Back it up with great specs - hate it or not - specs sell! - and you might have a winner.
Won't happen overnight.

What's so exclusive about the iPhone or S4, if every Tom, Dick and Harry carries one?

When I grew up in the 80's most of the time people bought stuff to differentiate themselves, how things have changed...

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Tris77

Indeed what is so great about iphone. They are all the same. And use fancy names for functions that most manufacturers have already supplied. Blackberry is unique, and that apart from the functionality is why I have always had one.

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jiminica

Nice move. This move will make Chen Asa visionary and strategist, and he can hold his Presidents accountable.

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jojo beaconsfield

and also promote them if they succeed,there are a lot of Chief jobs available now,I like it.

Sergio Gambini

More greats news!!

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Jiggy1971

Sounds like an awesome addition. :)

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Shanerredflag

The winds if change continue, nice to see.

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ririeisdead

Not a keyboard device I might say ;D

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jic999

I would like to hear about the Enterprise Sales Force he is putting together. Difference between a Sales Team vs Sales Force is a Sales Force goes after focused sales , penetration and focused solutions therefore a focused approach.. Teams is more of a total support and diversified approach. We need a focused Enterprise sales Force and a Consumer Sales Team with a diversified sales approach. So the difference is small but the scope is large.

Skyforever

I love how John Chen doesn't waste time. He is like a bee to honey hard at work. Thank you for all your hard work Mr Chen. IMO you are giving BlackBerry the Ultimate chance at prosperity. I appreciate all that you have done, and have been doing bravely, none-apologetically, and swiftly. Last but not least, and with all that/such Enthusiasm! Thanks again, and Keep it Moving Mr. Chen! :)

JB Murphy

Unless BlackBerry can get carriers to actually support the devices by providing timely software updates (AT&T) then the company is going to lose business as people transition to other devices with better support.

BlackBerry should sell these devices like Google does Nexus devices and push the updates themselves.

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jcraig

Man 2014 is shaping up to be a great year of potential for BlackBerry. Now I just hope that they can capitalize, innovate, and succeed.

TrueKulcha

After the blows on the football field yesterday, this flow of positive news is just what I needed.

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Observation Junkie

After blows with my boss last week, this is also what I need

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kfh227

More good news!

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sammysang86

Customers are key, irrespective of what high-end devices blackberry pump into the market.
Devices without software support are rendered inaccurate /inactive like BlackBerry PlayBook etc

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freedomx20a

Yes yes yall! Da don't stop!

Q10 ~ 10.2.1.1925

hassan boutabssil

Good choice good luck

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tommynap01

All these appointments. Lets start seeing some changes

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rickster2611

This may sound weird but I just think HTC and BlackBerry could work together on some devices, just to raise the profile and increase capacity.

All that is needed is a President of Marketing. I'm also in agreement with other voices regarding updates.

If the Carriers are being unreliable and BlackBerry cannot trust them to deliver updates.

Then you rely on the only people you can trust......YOURSELVES.

Updates direct to the customer. Forget the carriers.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!

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freddysrevng3

Something need to change with the carriers. No matter what you do with them you are counting on Sales teams comprised of Fanboys and Android fans to sell BlackBerrys. NEVER GONNA HAPPEN....

Especially since you can't even get a Z30 at ATT. When I brought my Verizon "unlocked" Z30 to ATT to get it "activated" - the technical guys at my AT&T store marveled at the Z30..

In other words, only one carrier has the "Best New Smartphone on the Market " to sell and promote BlackBerry.... sad.

CB10 from the Z30

Bacon Munchers

Yeah, it's funny how people watch me swiping and gesturing from the corner of their eye.
I feel like yelling at them "Why don't you just go buy one!?".

Prem WatsApp

...you meant fanbois and fandroids...

selling you what : you guessed it.

I felt the same. No unbiased sales advice. Shame on a phone store dude or gal who does not have a complete market overview. Most of them aren't pros, just slackers.

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boujwalii

That thought came to mind this evening. If only...

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cdnkid

first thing he should do is fire the marketing department. I could do more and do it better by myself. Its the biggest problem with BB right now.

joeldf

That was already done. Frank Boulben was one of the earliest to go as Chief Marketing Officer.

You must have missed that bit of news few weeks back.

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BerryRipe

Awesome read! You guys made my day!
Here's to the future!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

nt300

Good move Chen, keep them rolling ahead, and turn this company around for the betterment of the entire industry.

kastortroy

One word " sweeeeeeet ". Dont kno this individual too well but everything feels in the right direction. Im happy their strengthening their enterprise division and continuing with hardware as well. I think it was alan kay who quoted " those who do software loves to do their own hardware ". I hope Blackberry feels the same with their division. imo, I always knew they wasnt going anywhere, and heres more proof of it. Time for somemore buying for the long haul.

Happy New Year Everyone.

Blackberry, my proverbial middle finger

jdcfinisher

To many longer term people at BlackBerry just showed up for their job and didn't push to do better. It sucks for the people let get put the company has to do a lot better. BlackBerry has been to nice for to long. Apple is a shark that is passing as a cute dolphin while BlackBerry was a whale that beached itself.

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rngeek

I feel that John Chen is doing a great job in the short time he's been with BlackBerry.

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koebi90

This guy has a magnificent cv! Blackberry will be profitable again! Now it's the time to buy shares like hell!

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Prem WatsApp

Sell phones first.... SLH!

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BaffTech

Please, make a new Z10 with a strong battery (and Miracast) :)

eshadiq

I just want better built-in camera on future BB10 devices.

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allengeorge

What are "emerging solutions" and is he in charge of software as well?

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Steven Bolen

I hope we find an exceptional Marketing person who can see the different worlds that BlackBerry sells it's products too. Obviously North America has a different focus than the other side of the world. There needs to be growth worldwide but North America needs lots to balance out its worldwide presents.

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TheStoryUp

Sounds good on paper

Zed30

parthokarki

This news made me happy :)

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Fistmaster

What an IMPACT!!!

We clearly can see that Mr. Chen has learned Boston Consulting in its core.

Build and destroy. Break patterns. Show the longterm manager who only farts in their seats instead if working, that sleeping time is over.

As one user said before. This might be the last chance. The BlackBerry stocks are smoking after these news. Don't mess up.

Bring us devices like the Q10 and the Z30. And a BB10 Tablet.

Keep moving.

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jojo beaconsfield

Prem is the man behind the shake up at BB that's for sure.He chose chen and let him run with the ball,good choice

Prem WatsApp

Prem's got some serious money at stake. Needs to keep his premises (lol) to his investors!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Bobby Nweze

Welcome to the Blackberry family Mr Ron Louks :)

CJH_

Nice to see Ron on board, wondered when Chen would appoint him.

Good that's he's focusing on the product roadmap and will be talking to carriers too.

Prem WatsApp

+10

Great stuff. Carriers need to be aware that with lack of choices, Apples stranglehold on them will only grow worse.

Selling more iPhones quick and dumping BB will look good on the balance sheet today, but will definitely bite THEM and us consumers in the long run.

A smaller manufacturer is more likely to cooperate and offer better terms than the Samsapple duopoly. Break the duopoly. Four smartphone platforms is better than two! DroiPhoneWin8erry!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

G-bone

Prem has faith in Chen and Chen has faith in this guy. I have faith in Prem, so it's all good.

#IchooseBlackBerry10

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StephenUSA

Chen is really moving things around. I hope it works.

Haxorleet

Congratulations Ron! He will do a great, I'm sure !

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Observation Junkie

Right.......this Ron dude was the chief strategy officer at HTC America & Sony Ericsson.

Someone remind me, how big are these two former companies now?

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Prem WatsApp

Regardless of Sony's and HTC's current worries, surely not only his fault. Would not worry me. HTC and Sony paid his tuition fee. Let him take the exams at BBRY.

I am pretty sure he's learnt a lot and won't repeat past mistakes. Let him have a good crack at the Berry!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Observation Junkie

Anyone thinks that Lazardis may make a last minute appointment to the company?

I hope he does, regardless of where blackberry finally ended up, I think he would still be great.

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nabil114

Mike is smart. His vision might come in question.

Meok

I'm not getting involved in any speculation about the suitability of this candidate. I'll wait and let his work speak.

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Observation Junkie

I understand, this was a guy that spent his life building up an iconic company, just lost the ball towards the end.

This is what happens when organisation hit their peak with massive market share and no incentive and competition at the top. They just got caught out and it's trying to catch up since then.

However he has major technology talent

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Observation Junkie

I personally hope they bring him back in, sitting in the back seat I'm sure he has been looking at the market and realised this and what he can contribute.

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nabil114

Why did they hire him? (He came from HTC)

DJM626

I always thought HTC and Sony both had great hardware. Sony was a brand that was never frowned upon and was always well respected. Even though I am not a fan of Android, the build quality of HTC and Sony has always been excellent. Pair that up with BB10 and you have nothing but a winning combination in my book!

bigsuededog77

I say Chen got the right chief tech for BlackBerry I love blackberry cause of there software like the QNX & Security I'll always love blackberry phone

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crucial bbq

All C-level managers have desirable skills, regardless of how successful their previous employers were. Heinz did bring us BB10 and moved BBM closer to being cross-platform. There were also some key accounts, government, secured under his watch.

sammysang86

Last chance for BBRY as Section Heads are promoted to presidents,lions jaws are wide open if you don't deliver/perform

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Rootbrian

Great news once again.
GO GO BLACKBERRYB:)

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Rootbrian

Shit, I meant BlackBerry. Lol

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adonesc

Well, as with everything else, let's wait and see what the new guys will do, Chen included.

As for Thorsten Heins Ketchup and Frank "The Bulb" Boulben , they got their asses handed to them not because people turned on them. They not only underperformed but made, if that is even possible, BlackBerry's situation even worse.

So for all those who point out that " well you guys liked Heins but then turned against him..." that is hogwash! People were more than willing to give Heins Ketchup and his merry band of fucktards the benefit of the doubt. But with each passing week, month and year, he proved himself not up to the task of turning this company around. Ditto for his acolytes!

Let's also not forget that Mr. Heins and upper management were amply rewarded for what ended up being a colosal failure, while at the same time rank and file employees lost their jobs. I think the writing was on the wall with his underwhelming presentation at the launch of BB10. A great concept and product almost strangled in it's cradle by the man who was supposed to champion it!

So let's hope that this new team has bigger balls and a better vision and plan of execution for taking BlackBerry out of its current doldrums... I really think that this is a last chance type of deal...there won't be another one.

Good luck!

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