Is BlackBerry’s executive team in the midst of an exodus? Following a dismal earnings report, the company may have lost two high-level execs, the Wall Street Journal reports. The news suggests that the situation at BlackBerry may be even worse than previously believed after the company posted a loss for Q1 2013.
The Canadian company reportedly lost both its VP of Social Networking and Senior Director T.A. McCann of Handheld Applications Marc Gingras in “recent weeks.” The WSJ notes that McCann was responsible for one of the company’s biggest software successes, BlackBerry Messenger, along with a number of other social networking apps. Meanwhile, Gringas led the redesign of BlackBerry’s calendar and contacts apps, and was apparently the “driving force behind” the BB10 notification hub. It’s unclear why the two execs left or where they have gone, but the company allegedly tried to retain both employees, implying that they were not fired.
The news follows reports that Samsung poached Rob Orr, BlackBerry’s managing director for the U.K. and Ireland. With disappointing sales dragging the company’s stock down many are predicting the smartphone trailblazer may be on its last legs. However, BlackBerry is still pushing the Q10 and Z10, and recent leaks have confirmed that a 5-inch A10 is also in the works.