BlackBerry Names SAP Executive John Sims To Lead Enterprise Services Unit
(RTTNews.com) - Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Limited (BBRY, BB.TO) said Tuesday that it as appointed John Sims as President of Global Enterprise Services. Sims will join BlackBerry in January from German business software maker SAP AG (SAP), where he served as President of SAP's Mobile Services business.
Sims has more than 20 years of experience with companies that supply mobile telecommunications products and services to wireless operators. Prior to joining SAP, Sims held leadership positions at 724 Solutions, Tantau Software, Intrado and Tandem Computers. He serves on the board of directors and Executive Committee of CTIA.
John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry said, "I am pleased to welcome such a seasoned executive as John to BlackBerry to help lead our key business operations through our ongoing reorganization and transition. His extensive experience in transforming businesses, redefining brands and motivating teams will be a tremendous asset to BlackBerry as we reshape the Company to be more nimble and focused."
In late November, BlackBerry said that three top executives will leave the company as part of its on-going reorganization under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen. The company said that James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as its chief financial officer, while Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben will leave the company.
Those management changes came after BlackBerry said in early November that it dropped plans to sell itself and replaced Chief Executive Thorsten Heins with John Chen as interim CEO.
BlackBerry, once a leader in the smartphone segment, fell into hard times after Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhones and devices running on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android platform began to dominate the market. Meanwhile, the sales of two LTE-enabled smartphones introduced by BlackBerry earlier this year - the all-touch screen Z10 and keyboard equipped Q10 - reportedly fell below expectations.
BBRY closed Tuesday's trading session at $6.11, down $0.09 or 1.45 percent on a volume of 11.97 million shares.
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