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Interim BlackBerry CEO Promises A Return to Success

by Jacob Kleinman | November 13, 2013November 13, 2013 11:30 am PDT

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With Thorsten Heins no longer serving as BlackBerry CEO, Executive Chairman John Chen has taken the reins, and today the company’s interim CEO shared a public blog post making the same promises we’ve heard before. Like Heins, Chen writes that BlackBerry is committed to its customers and still plans to return to its former glory, though he admits it won’t be an easy turnaround.

Chen outlines a few new changes to the company, including what he calls the decision to “embrace a multiplatform, BYOD world” by offering BBM on iOS and Android and vague plans to leverage its other assets including BlackBerry’s network and the QNX software that serves as the foundation for BB10. He concludes with the promise that “BlackBerry has significant financial strength for the long-haul,” in an attempt to reassure customers who may be worried their phones might not still work a year from now.

BlackBerry’s interim CEO notes that “with the right team and right strategy in place” the company could see a full recovery,” signing the post as Executive Chair and CEO. But it’s still unclear how long Chen will hold on to his current position, though he reportedly stands to make as much as $87 million if he stays long enough to turn the company around.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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