All posts in " John Chen "

Is Blackberry’s BBM Worth $19 Billion?

By Dave Forde / February 25, 2014

‎During a CNBC interview at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Blackberry’s CEO John Chen admitted that if offered he would sell the company Blackberry Messenger product for the magic price of $19 billion – same number that Facebook paid to acquire Whatsapp last week.  He added, “If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely […]


Freeing Up More Cash, BlackBerry To Dump Real Estate Properties

By Dave Forde / January 27, 2014

Their private jet was sold last year, and this week BlackBerry announced plans to divest the majority of if its real estate holdings in Canada. The smartphone maker will work with CBRE Limited to sell off its real estate portfolio through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. The properties to be offered for […]


Blackberry Appoints New President, Devices and Emerging Solutions

By Dave Forde / January 8, 2014

Blackberry announced this week they have hired Ron Louks as the company’s President, Devices and Emerging Solutions and he will report directly to John Chen,  BlackBerry’s Executive Chair and CEO. Ron Louks joins BlackBerry from The OpenNMS Group, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Ron held many leadership positions over several […]


John Sims Joins Blackberry As President, Global Enterprise Services

By Dave Forde / December 18, 2013

As Blackberry continues bleed executives  as the company that is currently in “transition,” CEO John Chen has stated in the public he plans to focus on the enterprise.   This week Blackberry appointed John Sims as President, Global Enterprise Services, officially starting in January 2014. Prior to joining, John was with SAP as President of SAP’s Mobile Services […]


Blackberry CEO Cleans House, Pushes Out COO, CMO, CFO Also Exits

By Dave Forde / November 26, 2013

In less than a month at the helm, John Chen, the third person to lead Blackberry has made his first significant move as he has fired Kristian Tear, Chief Operating Officer and Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer.  Related to these moves, Brian Bidulka, Blackberry’s Chief Financial Officer will also be leaving, but will remain as a “special […]