Friday, May 22nd12.3°C
26412
26033

BlackBerry appoints new chief operating officer from LiveOps Inc.

WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer.

Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.

He was chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer services. Before joining LiveOps, he was president of Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and also worked at computer technology company Oracle.

BlackBerry executive chairman and chief executive John Chen led a turnaround at software company Sybase before he joined BlackBerry last year.

Chen's strategy has set aside the consumer market as a priority, after the BlackBerry 10 line of phones failed to become a sales hit and instead focused on building relationships with business customers.

"Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available," Chen said in a statement.

The chief operating officer job has been vacant since November 2013 when Kristian Tear left the company in a restructuring that also saw the departure Frank Boulben, the company's chief marketing officer.

BlackBerry shares have been under pressure since Apple and IBM announced that they would form a partnership focused on business customers, a key market for Canadian company.

The teaming up of two of the world's largest technology companies positions them to better compete with BlackBerry, which is trying to reaffirm its position catering to government agencies and businesses that require secure mobile communications.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

25528


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15203.61+130.78
S&P CDNX700.51+5.09
DJIA18285.74+0.34
Nasdaq5090.79+19.05
S&P 5002130.82+4.97
CDN Dollar0.8161-0.0034
Gold1206.00+1.60
Oil57.45-1.98
Lumber268.90-0.70
Natural Gas2.905-0.044

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.135+0.010
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.45+0.00
Cantex0.03-0.01
Anavex Life Sciences0.372+0.032
Metalex Ventures0.09+0.01
Russel Metals25.82+0.02
Copper Mountain Mining1.41-0.02
Colorado Resources0.10-0.00
ReliaBrand Inc0.0097-0.0003
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.04+0.01
Mission Ready Services0.185+0.000
Decisive Dividend Corporation2.20+0.60

 



26416

FEATURED Property
20547971145 Thomas Road
5 bedrooms 3 baths
$485,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Do or do not

Photo: Thinkstock.com“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.” - Kahlil Gibran Good planning is all about managing chan...


Penetrate the smokescreen

Photo: ContributedHas this ever happened to you? You’re in the middle of your second or third “good discussion” with a prospect. Everything’s going great. The prospect seems en...


Squaring the circle

Photo: Thinkstock.comI have been reading about market segmentation and choice. Howard Moskowitz’s research into tomato sauce as retold by Malcom Gladwell on the TED talks (http://www.ted.com/tal...

_





26112


Member of BC Press Council


25334