BlackBerry Appoints Marty Beard as COO

by Knowlton Thomas

BlackBerry this week announced that it has named Marty Beard as Chief Operating Officer.

As the new COO, Marty is responsible for cross-functional organizations, including marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development, and quality, according to the Waterloo-based smartphone maker. Marty is also responsible for instituting best practices and processes, the Canadian company says.

"BlackBerry continues to attract top talent to the company,” said CEO John Chen. “Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available."

Most recently, Beard was chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to joining LiveOps, Beard was president of Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit. Prior to Sybase, Beard worked at Oracle as vice president of Oracle Online, its e-commerce service unit.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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