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Head of BlackBerry’s BBM messaging service quietly exits firm

by The Canadian Press   

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Company spokesperson confirmed Andrew Bocking left BlackBerry; few details on departure provided

WATERLOO, Ont.—The head of BlackBerry Ltd.’s secure messaging service has become the latest in a string of top executives to depart the struggling smartphone maker.

However, the brief email announcement issued by the Waterloo, Ont.-based company shed little light on the departure of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) head Andrew Bocking.

“I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, (executive vice-president), BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution,” company spokesperson Rebecca Freiburger said.

Freiburger said John Sims, president of global enterprise solutions, who has extensive experience in mobile messaging, would add the BBM team to his organization.


BlackBerry head John Chen has made wholesale changes in the company’s executive offices since taking over as chairman and CEO back in November.

In addition to the many long-time executives who have left, Chen has brought in a number many new faces, including people he has worked with in the past.

BBM, which is currently free to users and does not carry advertisements, is a service that Chen has indicated he wants to monetize.

However, he has not said how the company plans to do this.


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