This one comes to us as a shock. According to BGR, BBM Executive VP Andrew Bocking is no longer with BlackBerry. BGR reached out to BlackBerry and this was their response:

I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution.

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We’ve also been able to confirm that Bocking was not fired, but instead chose to resign from his position.The position will not be filled by anyone, as the BBM team will now rolled into BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions, and be headed by newly appointed John Sims.

“The BBM organization remains as a group within BlackBerry and will continue to focus on BlackBerry and BBM strength in messaging and new areas of strength such as mobile marketing, community-building and enterprise messaging,” BlackBerry said in a statement. “John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions, who has extensive experience in mobile messaging, will add the BBM team to his organization.”

What kind of impact will this move have on BBM? That will have to be seen!