Ex-BlackBerry Executive Joins Facebook's Internet.org to Lead App Product

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

The world's largest social network has hired a former BlackBerry executive.

Facebook hired Andrew Bocking to lead its new Internet.org mobile app. Bocking left BlackBerry in February.

At BlackBerry, Bocking led the Canadian smartphone maker's instant messaging app, BBM. At Facebook, he will fill the role of product manager, overseeing the Internet.org app. Bocking will report to Guy Rosen, Internet.org's product management leader.

Internet.org's app aims to provide free basic internet services, such as Google Search and Wikipedia, to developing nations.

Bocking worked for BlackBerry for more than 13 years.

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
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 did we introduce a... more

Company:
Facebook
Website:
http://www.facebook.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. 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 playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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