In order to expand and add more industry knowledge to its Board of Directors, BlackBerry has decided to add two wireless industry veterans in hopes of easing concerns from investors about the level of experience on the board.
Reuters is reporting that BlackBerry has added Richard Lynch, a former executive at Verizon Communications, and Bert Nordberg, a former chair of Sony Mobile and one-time president and CEO of Sony Ericsson. Members of the board were re-elected at the company’s last annual meeting in July, but some investors expressed disapproval of the board’s performance and many withheld their votes. BlackBerry has gone through many changes in the past month, and noted that its Canadian launch-day sales were the best ever for a new BlackBerry.
Yankee Group Research VP Carl Howe comments
“BlackBerry is smart to look outside its four walls for mobile executives to staff its board. The biggest threat to BlackBerry making a strong comeback is complacency. Lynch and Nordberg are mobile veterans have been through prior device wars, taken their share of arrows and survived to tell the tale. As BlackBerry makes its way back from the biggest product transition in its history, these new directors can help open doors with operators and manufacturers for BlackBerry to prove itself once again.”
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News | May 22, 2013
News | May 22, 2013