BBM Chief Andrew Bocking Resigns from BlackBerry

BlackBerry Messenger is one of BlackBerry’s few remaining successes. But the man in charge of BBM has now resigned.

BlackBerry, which has been regularly bleeding top executives for during its multi-year decline, this week lost Andrew Bocking, who served as the executive vice president of BlackBerry Messenger. BBM has more than 80 million active users and last year launched on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android with great success.

“Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker said in a statement. “We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.”

During its first week live on rival platforms last October, BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the App Store. BBM was downloaded 10 million times for iPhone and Android within 24 hours of launching. Users of BBM send and receive a combined 10 billion messages monthly.

“It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement—the connections being made and the conversations in which our BBM community engages. The power of BBM has always been the active, real conversations and interaction that our customers enjoy,” Bocking said last year.

Bocking will be replaced by John Sims, president of global enterprise solutions.