BlackBerry Appoints Chief Security Officer as Part of Enterprise Mobility Push

BlackBerry announced this week that David Kleidermacher has joined the company as Chief Security Officer.

Kleidermacher assumes responsibility for the global product security organization, “leading efforts to ensure BlackBerry’s continued leadership in secure enterprise mobility,” according to the Waterloo-based smartphone maker.

He will oversee a number of key initiatives, including security-specific research and product development, and BlackBerry’s product certification and approval program. Mr. Kleidermacher brings more than 20 years of strategy and product engineering experience to the role, including expertise in operating systems, high assurance software development techniques, mobile device security and the Internet of Things.

“David is an outstanding addition to our best-in-class security team, and he will help extend BlackBerry’s gold standard of security as we work with customers to meet new cybersecurity challenges,” said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry. “In particular, David’s knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy and continue to expand our management of the world’s mobile endpoints.”

BlackBerry has more than 70 government certifications and approvals, more than any other mobile vendor.

Kleidermacher most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Green Hills Software and he holds patents and patents pending in the areas of software development tools, mobile security and IoT technology.