Although the name might not instantly ring bells among all CrackBerry readers, we can now confirm Heidi Davidson, head SVP of Corporate Communications for BlackBerry is leaving the organization. In an emailed statement, Adam Emery, VP of Corporate Communications at BlackBerry affirmed the significant contribution Davidson brought to the company.
I can confirm that Heidi Davidson is leaving BlackBerry. Heidi has made a significant contribution to the Company through several transitions. We wish her all the best.
While she officially joined BlackBerry in 2011, prior to that, Davidson worked at MasterCard Worldwide in several roles at their Global Headquarters including senior vice president of Global Franchise, senior business leader and vice president of Global Public Policy. Prior to MasterCard, she served as a senior account executive at Brodeur Worldwide working with clients including BlackBerry, IBM, Philips, Minolta, and Hyperion Software.
It was that role, where she worked with then BlackBerry Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, sitting in the same room with them when the BlackBerry name was presented to them by the branding agency. After being hired by BlackBerry, she then served under BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and most recently, current BlackBerry CEO John Chen, making her one of the few senior members to serve under all three.
To put this plainly, Heidi is awesome and from our standpoint communications got so much better when she returned to BlackBerry. Not only that, she has been instrumental in a number of improvements within BlackBerry including the communications program that introduced John Chen as CEO, the first ever BlackBerry Security Summit and so much more. We're sad to see her leave BlackBerry, but we all wish Heidi the best in her future endeavors. She won't need it because she's amazing, and anybody who has met or worked with her knows she's a force that can move mountains. Still, all the best Heidi!
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