Three more BlackBerry executives part ways
Nearly two-weeks after 250 employees were fired from its testing facility in Waterloo in Canada, BlackBerry has announced that three senior executives will be saying goodbye to the handset-manufacturing company.
According to a CBC report, three top executives of BlackBerry have either already quit or are in the process of leaving the company. Doug Kozak, Vice-President, Corporate Information Technology Operations; Carmine Arabia, Senior Vice-President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain and Graeme Whittington, Vice-President, Service Operations will all be parting ways with BlackBerry.
Confirming the departures, BlackBerry Spokesperson Rebecca Freiburger said, “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.” She added that the company wished them well.
Late last month, BlackBerry had announced mass firing of employees from its Waterloo-based product-testing facility. About 250 employees had their services terminated as part of the next stage of the company’s turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale it for new opportunities.
Only a few days earlier, BlackBerry had announced that David J. Smith, the Vice-President in charge of the BlackBerry Playbook, had parted ways with the company owing to personal reasons. The reason could plain and simple be the non-performance of BlackBerry’s tablet division and CEO Thorsten Heins’ announcement that the tablet will not be made a part of the BlackBerry 10 family.
Once a major player in the smartphone market, BlackBerry seems to have fallen on hard times as far as management of the company seems to go. Despite the release of devices like BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 and the Q5 under the BlackBerry 10 OS umbrella, the company seems to be struggling with sales as well as management. Hopefully, these firings will signal the end of its scaling down and restructuring efforts.