As part of its plan to improve its enterprise-facing business, BlackBerry has appointed John Sims, who has served as President of SAP’s Mobile Services business, to lead on the Enterprise Services Business. This comes after highly publicized news of other executives leaving the company from other areas of BlackBerry’s operations, and previously higher level executives such as Frank Boulben and Kristian Tear.
While the significance of the new appointments and departures is to be debated, there is no question that BlackBerry is a company that is in transition. This recent appointment of John Sims indicates BlackBerry’s interest in bringing in proven executives with extensive experience in enterprise services. BlackBerry’s current CEO, John Chen has made it clear in a letter that while the company is strongly committed to its handset business, they will invest in securing and growing their successful core enterprise-facing business.
John Sims seems to be a great addition to BlackBerry’s current management with his enterprise mobility experience and knowledge. Read on for the official press release.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – December 17, 2013) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that John Sims will join the Company as President, Global Enterprise Services.
“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,” said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry. “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. The changes we are making demonstrate our commitment to innovating for current customers who count on BlackBerry, and the new users who are just learning how powerful and compelling the BlackBerry 10 platform can be. John will be central to all of those efforts.”
John Sims joins BlackBerry in January from SAP, where he served as President of SAP’s Mobile Services business. John has more than 20 years of experience with companies that supply mobile telecommunications products and services to wireless operators. Before joining SAP, John held leadership positions at 724 Solutions, TANTAU Software, Intrado and Tandem Computers. He serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of CTIA.
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