updated 07:39 am EST, Tue February 11, 2014
Andrew Bocking exits BlackBerry in latest executive change
The Executive Vice President in control of BBM at BlackBerry has left the company. The reasons behind the high-level departure of Andrew Bocking from the company are unclear, with some debate as to whether he was fired from his position by management at the phone manufacturer, or if he left on his own accord to a new opportunity at another company.
Initially reported by BGR, sources from the company vary in what they claim has taken place. One source claims BlackBerry is incorporating BBM into its enterprise unit, that Bocking disliked where the company was headed, and traded in his BlackBerry handset for an Android smartphone before being let go. A second source disagrees, stating Bocking was not fired, and that he left for an undisclosed competitor.
A statement from BlackBerry confirming the departure reads "I can confirm that Andrew Bocking, EVP, BBM has made the decision to leave BlackBerry. We thank him for his years of leadership and contribution." The BBM group will remain as a single unit, the company revealed, with head of global enterprise solutions John Sims leading the unit.
Bocking is the latest major managerial change to occur at the company. In November, a reorganization shortly after John Chen took over as CEO saw the loss of Kristan Tear, Frank Boulben, and Roger Martin, with Brian Bidulka being removed as Chief Financial Officer but remaining as a special adviser to the CEO to assist with transitions.