It’s been a difficult several weeks for BlackBerry, as three top executives recently left the company not long after 250 employees were laid off from one of its testing facilities. A BlackBerry spokeswoman said the recent departures are part of the “second phase of our transformation.”
CBC News recently confirmed that Doug Kozak, vice president of corporate information technology operations; Carmine Arabia, senior vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain; and Graeme Whittington, vice president of service operations. BlackBerry spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger said the previous layoffs at the Waterloo, Ontario, facility and the departure of the three executives are part of the compnay’s rebounding effort that started earlier this year with the release of BlackBerry 10. In June 2012, BlackBerry—then called Research In Motion—slashed 5,000 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce at the time.
Yankee Group Senior VP of Research Wally Swain comments
“These kinds of executive changes are inevitable as a company tries to reinvent itself. There is no particular trend or obvious explanation for these three departures. Sometimes it is as simple as an executive volunteering because they were looking for a change anyway but did not want to abandon the ship in time of need. Sometimes it is as complicated as an executive who resists the necessary changes in their area.
BlackBerry’s 2Q13 results made it clear it has to continue with cost reductions. BlackBerry 10 has not yet pulled the company out of the hole merely through top-line growth. These execs are just the next names on the list.”
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