BlackBerry India appoints another new MD

Summary:Enterprise sales head, Sunil Lalvani, has been promoted to managing director, succeeding Sunil Dutt, who resigned in March just months after the launch of BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone in the local market.

BlackBerry India has appointed Sunil Lalvani as its new managing director--its second in 18 months.

A statement released Thursday revealed the company promoted Lalvani, who headed its enterprise sales since 2009, and whose two decade industry experience includes stints at Cisco Systems, Nokia, and Global Telesystems.

"Our focus will be to drive differentiated solutions for consumers and enterprise customers in India," the new managing director said in the statement. He replaces Sunil Dutt, who resigned on March 8--just over a year after he was first appointed to the role.

There was no explanation for Dutt's departure, which came after the manufacturer increased internal sales projections of the popular BB10 .

BlackBerry in February launched its Z10 smartphone in India , amid analyst projections the Canadian phonemaker was seeing slow sales elsewhere. The company has invested heavily in India where it reportedly gave in to pressures from the government--concerned over terrorist threats--and handed over the PIN details  of devices shipped to India. 

Topics: Smartphones, BlackBerry, India, Telcos


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