Top executives at troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry have been shown the door as new chief executive John Chen sets about overhauling the firm.
BlackBerry confirmed that chief operating officer Kristian Tear, and Frank Boulben, chief marketing officer, will leave the firm. Meanwhile chief financial officer Brian Bidulka has been replaced by head of compliance James Yersh. Bidulka will stay on as a special advisor to the CEO for the remainder of the financial year, though.
Chen said he planned to have a more direct route of communication with sales and marketing teams around the world in order to push the firm’s message.
“I look forward to working more directly with the talented teams of engineers, and the sales and marketing teams around the world to facilitate the BlackBerry turnaround and to drive innovation,” he said.
“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.”
BlackBerry also announced that long-standing board member Roger Martin, has resigned from the position, having served in the role since 2007.
The job cuts come after former CEO Thorsten Heins was removed from his position after failing to find a buyer for the ailing firm. Instead, the company was able to secure $1bn in extra cash to secure its short-term future, and former Sybase chief Chen was brought in.
Analysts said the move made sense and could see BlackBerry push into the software and services market and away from hardware.
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