Executive Vice President of BBM, Andrew Bocking, has left BlackBerry. Bocking had most recently been the head of the BBM team after moving from his position as Executive VP, Software Product Management and Ecosystem at BlackBerry where he played a huge role in bringing BB10 phones to market. It hasn't been confirmed if he was fired or chose to depart on his own, but BlackBerry has confirmed that he is no longer with the company.
I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.
This is yet more evidence that major change is taking place at BlackBerry, since John Chen took over the reigns from Thorsten Heins as CEO. We've talked to Andrew Bocking plenty of times over the years - he's been a fixture at the company for as long as CrackBerry has been around. Rumor had it he may actually have been superhuman or cyborg. He was known for being the guy who would reply to emails within a minute, any time of day, three hundred sixty five days a year. ;)
We definitely wish him all the best at wherever he lands next.
*Update: I confirmed that Andrew wasn't let go from BlackBerry, but chose to resign. And no, he didn't submit his resignation via BBM Status update. *