BlackBerry Sheds Several Key Executives, Including COO and CFO

In a major management shakeup, BlackBerry is dramatically altering the C-suite ranks of its executive team.

The Canadian company said today that chief marketing officer Frank Boulben and chief operating officer Kristian Tear are leaving. BlackBerry also noted that Roger Martin, a director, and chief financial officer Brian Bidulka have resigned and is stepping aside, respectively.


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One of these key positions has already been filled: vice-president James Yersh is slated to replace Bidulka as CFO.

Thorsten Heins, the last CEO of BlackBerry, who failed to stop the bleeding, brought in Boulben and Tear, so it should surprise few that they’re exiting under the reign of John Chen.


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“BlackBerry has a strong cash position and continues, by a significant margin, to be the top provider of trusted and secure mobile device management solutions to enterprise customers around the world,” said Chen this morning. “Building on this core strength, and in conjunction with these management changes, I will continue to align my senior management team and organizational structure, and refine the company’s strategy to ensure we deliver the best devices, mobile security and device management through BES 10, provide multi-platform messaging solutions with BBM, and expand adoption of QNX embedded systems.”