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.