Three more senior execs confirmed to be out at BlackBerry

Three more senior execs confirmed to be out at BlackBerry

Summary: The news follows nearly two weeks after the beleaguered phone maker let go of 250 employees.


More bad news for BlackBerry as CBC is reporting that the Canadian company is losing three more top executives.

See also: BlackBerry and Samsung team up over BBM, marketing in Africa

According to Wednesday's report, BlackBerry told CBS that it is in the "second phase of our transformation plan," while confirming the following three executives are out the door: 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.

Despite a huge media blitz around BlackBerry 10 smartphones led by CEO Thorsten Heins, turnaround at the Waterloo, Ont.-based corporation has not come easily -- or arguably at all.

For one, BlackBerry's first quarter earnings report published in June following the BB10 launch disappointed.

BlackBerry posted a first-quarter loss of 16 cents a share on revenue of $3.1 billion. Compared to the same quarter last year, revenue was up from $2.8 billion, translating to a nine percent increase. But the mobile company still suffered an operating loss of $84 million.

Wall Street had also been expecting BlackBerry to report earnings of six cents per share on revenue of $3.36 billion.

Today's news follows nearly two weeks after the beleaguered phone maker let go of 250 employees on July 25.

And before that, BlackBerry fired its managing director for the United States, Richard Piasentin, following its annual general meeting on July 9.

Roughly one year ago, BlackBerry (then still known as Research in Motion) admitted it would be cutting up to 5,000 jobs over the course of the year as part of restructuring efforts -- not to mention save whatever is left of the bottom line.

Thus, unfortunately we can likely on expect more reports of layoffs and C-level departures in the next few months.

Topics: Mobility, CXO, BlackBerry, IT Employment, Tech Industry

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  • only time will tell

    It really does suck when anyone loses their job but unfortunately that is the way of business, sounds like they got top heavy is why the execs are gone, or they just decided it's time to leave this still sinking ship.

    Chopping heads, shrinking their workforce is sometimes the only option many of these companies have in order to tread water again. Time will tell if BB can rise back up, or they may stay small now. Seems sometimes being a smaller unit has it's advantages..
  • Will the last one out...

    ...please make sure the lights are off please? Thanks...Thorsten.
  • I wonder if dropping to fourth place

    had something to do with that?
    William Farrel
  • too little, too late

    ... For a dying behemoth.
  • Expect a Moto-mobile type of sale, coming to a bidding-war some time soon.

    The most desirable, and most valuable part of the company will be the patents, just like they were with the Moto-mobile sale.