CBC: 3 senior BlackBerry executives leaving companyDoug Kozak, vice-president, corporate information technology operations.
Carmine Arabia, senior vice-president, global manufacturing and supply chain.
Graeme Whittington, vice-president, service operations.
In an email to CBC News, company spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger wrote: "We are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing."
In late July, David J. Smith, executive vice president of mobile computing, had resigned "for personal reasons."
Look, I understand every company PR needs to put some kind of positive spin but this one about "ensuring we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing" is just too transparent an effort.
- 08-07-13, 06:56 AM #2
Either their lock ups expired and they had no reason to stay, or more rats deserting a sinking ship. It can be spun so many ways.
Unfortunately the name "Frank Boulben" was missing from the list. So the Marketing Band still plays on the HMS TitanicBerry
- CrackBerry Master
08-07-13, 08:06 AM #6
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BlackBerry had to let go hundreds of java developers and testers as they move away from bbOS.
Thorsten is making a leaner meaner fighting machine.
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- 08-07-13, 08:39 AM #9"We are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing."
Let's not kid ourselves - this has nothing to do with having the right people. It's strictly a way to cut costs because they're having troubles bringing up profits.
- 08-07-13, 08:41 AM #10
How long did they hold there positions? Did they bury there heads in sand during the pre-bb10 days? Walk around telling everyone things are great? Better, who are there successors? Are they more suited to today's aggressive environment? OR better are all these positions moving and these guys just dont want to move. Some times the simplest reasons work best.
This isn't a negative nor a positive with out some understand beyond them getting hit on the a$$ with the door.
Anything beyond that is opinion...
- 08-07-13, 08:43 AM #11
- 08-07-13, 09:05 AM #14
No thoughts on the other 2, but a senior VP is usually a pretty important person in a company. That he ran global manufacturing and supply chain is a bit strange. Of the places where one could believe BBRY has issues, it wouldn't be there.
- 08-07-13, 09:08 AM #15
- CrackBerry Abuser
08-07-13, 09:09 AM #16
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I've seen this play out before with a global giant in the healthcare industry. I watched as new IT management took over and chopped the heads (IT Execs to lower IT management) in one fell swoop! The invited all of IT to a Mexican themed luncheon where hundreds of us gathered for great food...and a Mariachi band! I'll never forget it! I'll never look at Mariachi bands the same.
When the lunch ended, we walked back to our respective buildings and when we reached the IT building, security guards and campus police where checking badges against a clipboard with ID photos. If you were on the list, you were not allowed back into the building. They had fired management!
A tussle ensued as one manager was adamant about getting his belongings, especially his car keys. Two days later, amidst controversy, a whole new management team was ushered in. 15 members who all introduced themselves and their new roles. It was the dawning of a new day.
Point. Later that month, I spoke with the newly appointed CIO (who came in under the guise as a consultant 60 days prior. Please see the movie Office Space). He frankly told me that the "old" culture was still present when he consulted after firing the CIO and to "right" the ship, he had to perform a "tranfusion" of the old culture.
Many BB execs may still believe in RIM and it's prior philosphy under Lazaridis and Balsillie. Sometimes drastic cuts like this are necessary to getting everyone on the same page going forward.
- 08-07-13, 09:26 AM #20
Unfortunately all management needs to go and they need to bring someone in with a vision of what BBRY needs to be. Since that won't happen anytime soon, we can all watch the sinking ship.
It is really sad. You have to laugh at this company and how pathetic they are. How could you screw it up? A previous market leader, billions in cash, clear channels to market with hardware capabilities already established. It was like it was purposeful. Almost like someone from a governmental position was placed in charge to waste opportunity and cash with nothing to show for it.
- 08-07-13, 10:08 AM #22
That's not rose colored glasses, that's known reality. Some are leaving the sinking ship as you say but a good many, are being shown the exit... finally after years of bleeding a company and offering nothing in return. Stop antagonizing people. :P
- CrackBerry Abuser
08-07-13, 10:11 AM #24
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Would you rather hear the executives are getting bonuses without performance improvements?
Ask yourself why the VPs are leaving? Why not the Ps?
VPs look for upward mobility in a company. If you don't see an opportunity to get promoted, you leave. BB is in a long term plan for FUTURE growth. There's no opportunity for a VP to move up quickly now. Anyone who has become a VP, wants more. The hammer has come down, and execs have to EARN their bonuses.... If I had to guess, the people leaving are lazy, and want to get bonuses without having to earn them.
- 08-07-13, 10:11 AM #25
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