Stock: BlackBerry (BB)
Top Management and Board of Directors
Top Management [Eight top executives with tenure > 7 yrs]
Board Of Directors
Board Of Directors [One director with tenure > 11 yrs]
Board Of Directors [Nine directors with tenure < 5 yrs]
Resignations in the past 4 years
Profiles of Top ManagementJohn Chen
CEO & Executive Chairman
John Chen is Executive Chairman of BlackBerry's Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.
John is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. from 1997 for 15 years, where he developed and led the company's re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability.
John started his career as an engineer at Burroughs Corp. in 1979, where he progressed to General Manager of the UNIX Group following a merger that renamed the company Unisys. John went on to become President of Pyramid Technology, where he served from 1991-1995, before they were acquired by Siemens Nixdorf and he was offered the position of Executive Board Member, which he held from 1995-1997.
He has testified before Congress on U.S.-China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President's Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, John chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). John is actively involved in international relations. He has been a member of the Committee of 100 since 1997 and was Chairman from 2009-2011, with the dedicated mission of furthering U.S.-China relations.
In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, John has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.
John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and holds a master's in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. John has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University, and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
John serves on the Board of Directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is also active in the not-for-profit community, and is a trustee of Caltech, board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.
Chief Operating Officer
Marty is responsible for leading cross-functional operations, including Marketing, Pricing, Application Partnering, Manufacturing & Supply, Customer Care and Quality. He is also responsible for instituting best practices and processes across the organization to ensure operational excellence.
Marty previously served as Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, Inc., a leading provider of cloud applications for customer service. Under his leadership, LiveOps leveraged the cloud, mobile and social interactions to improve customer service interactions for its enterprise customers. Prior to joining LiveOps, Marty was President of Sybase 365 (a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc.), a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and held a series of executive positions including SVP of corporate development & marketing. Prior to Sybase, Marty worked at Oracle as Vice President of Oracle Online, its e-Commerce service unit.
Marty holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Executive Vice President
Jim¿'s team sets the overall corporate strategy for BlackBerry and executes towards that vision by working collaboratively across the organization and through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and partnerships.Prior to joining BlackBerry, Jim served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Open Text Corporation. Previous to Open Text, Jim was Head of Corporate Development at SAP, where he developed and led the company¿'s global merger and acquisitions group.Jim has a law degree, with a concentration on business law and mergers and acquisitions, and a B.S.A in Accounting, both from Villanova University.
Executive Vice President
Nita is responsible for leading the HR team to design and deliver global programs, initiatives, partnerships, solutions and services in all facets of HR to support the achievement of the company¿'s operational goals and strategic objectives.Before joining BlackBerry, Nita served as Chief People Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for SAP Cloud and SuccessFactors. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Sybase, Inc. where she was responsible for providing and implementing high quality, state-of-the-art human resource and security services and programs for Sybase employees, management, executives and campuses worldwide.Nita has an MBA from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California and has also completed several courses towards an MA in Counseling Psychology from the same institution. She earned her BS in Business Administration with finance and accounting major with honors.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Wilson is responsible for delivering the BlackBerry message through thought leadership and other opportunities that promote the brand. He also leads technology partner and developer programs, industry solutions and corporate events.Before joining BlackBerry, he was chief marketing officer for Avaya, senior vice president of marketing for Sybase, an SAP Company, leader of the strategy practice at KPMG Consulting¿¿¿s Information, Communication and Entertainment Group, and a marketing manager for AT&T. Mark was named by BtoB Magazine as one of the Best Marketers from 2009-2011 and 2013. He was also named to the 2013 FierceCMO list of CMOs to watch.
Profiles of Board of DirectorsBarbara Stymiest
Ms. Stymiest, 56, has served as a director of the Company since March 2007 and has been the Chair of Board of the Company since January 2012. She has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and a FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Ms. Stymiest is currently a corporate director. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Stymiest was a member of the Group Executive of the Royal Bank of Canada which is responsible for the Bank¿'s overall strategic direction. Prior to that, she held positions as Chief Executive Officer at TSX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Stymiest is currently a Director of George Weston Limited, Sun Life Financial Inc., University Health Network and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She has also served on a number of professional and charitable organizations including the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountant's Accounting Oversight Committee, United Way Campaign Cabinet and Hincks-Dellcrest Children¿'s Centre.
Laurie Smaldone Alsup
Dr. Smaldone Alsup, 63, has served as a director of the Company since June 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors. She has a BA from Fordham College and an MD from Yale University, where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology. Dr. Smaldone Alsup is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of NDA Group AB, a leading drug development consulting company, which merged in 2016 with PharmApprove, where Dr. Smaldone Alsup was President and Chief Scientific Officer. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of Phytomedics, prior to which she held clinical and regulatory leadership roles at Bristol Myers Squibb, including Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Science and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Risk Management. Dr. Smaldone Alsup is also a former director of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and has served with numerous professional and charitable organizations including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Conference Board Strategic Risk Management Council and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
Mr. Wouters, 66, has served as a director of the Company since October 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wouters has an honours bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a master¿¿¿s degree in economics from Queen¿¿¿s University. He is a Strategic and Policy Advisor to McCarthy T¿¿trault LLP and serves as a director of Champion Iron Limited and as a member of the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and, in that capacity, held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service. Prior to his tenure as Clerk, Mr. Wouters was Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and served in deputy ministerial and other senior positions in the Canadian public service. Mr. Wouters has received numerous awards, including Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Queen¿¿¿s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Andr¿¿ Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement from the United Way Canada. He was inducted by the Prime Minister as a member of the Privy Council in 2014.
Mr. Daniels, 68, has served as a director of the Company since October 2014. Mr. Daniels currently serves as a Director of Mercury Systems and CACI International and as Chairman of Invincea. Mr. Daniels also currently serves as a director of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Logistics Management Institute. He also leads the National Advisory Board of the American Enterprise Institute Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. Mr. Daniels previously held various senior management positions at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from 1986-2004. While at SAIC Mr. Daniels identified and acquired Network Solutions and served as Chairman from 1995 until 2000 when the company was acquired by VeriSign. Mr. Daniels was Chairman and CEO of Mobile 365 from 2005 until the sale of the company to Sybase in 2006. He then served as a director of Sybase from 2007 to 2010. He has also served as Chairman of GlobalLogic and as a director of VeriSign, Apogen Technologies and Telcordia Technologies.
Mr. Watsa, 63, has served as a director of the Company since January 2012. He has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India and obtained his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Watsa is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax"). He is also Vice President of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, Chairman of Odyssey Re, Crum & Forster and Northbridge Financial Corporation, and a director of Zenith National (all subsidiaries of Fairfax). Prior to joining Fairfax, he held various positions with Confederation Life Insurance Company and GW Asset Management. In addition to the public boards indicated below, Mr. Watsa is a member of the board of trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of Business, a member of the board of directors of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto.
Mr. Dattels, 53, has served as a director of the Company since July 2012. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Dattels is a Senior Partner of TPG Capital, LP. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Dattels served as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and was head of Investment Banking for all Asian countries other than Japan. In addition to the public Board memberships listed below, Mr. Dattels is a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Jazz and the World Affairs Council.
Ms. Lisa S. Disbrow is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Disbrow currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercury Systems, Inc., a developer of secure sensor processors for commercial and defense applications, and Perspecta Inc., a leader in digital transformation and enterprise operations for public sector customers. Prior to retirement from the government, she was the Senate-confirmed Under Secretary of the United States Air Force from January 2015 to June 2017, and served as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force from January 2017 to May 2017. In these roles, she oversaw an annual budget of more than $132 billion and was responsible for organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of approximately 660,000 of those serving and their families, worldwide. Ms. Disbrow was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1985 following her graduation from the University of Virginia in 1984 and served on active duty until 1992, working primarily in intelligence and operational planning. After Operation Desert Storm, she transitioned to the Air Force Reserve. Over the course of her federal civilian career, she held key positions on the National Security Council staff, on the Joint Staff and at the National Reconnaissance Office.