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BlackBerry Ltd's M&A Head Jim Mackey Left The Compay Mysteriously

By Monica U Santos , Mar 04, 2017 03:20 AM EST
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BlackBerry Limited's head of corporate development and strategy, Jim Mackey, left the telecommunications company in mid-February. "It is true I left BlackBerry as of Feb. 13," said Mackey in a LinkedIn message in reply to a Reuters inquiry. Mackey did not give any reason and could not be reached for additional comments and suggestions.

BlackBerry's Jim Mackey Mysteriously Left The Company

BlackBerry issued a press release in late 2013 to announce the hiring of Mackey but did not make any announcement regarding his departure. In an interview with Reuters, the Chief Operating Officer of BlackBerry, Marty Beard, refused to comment on this issue. Beard only said that the company had largely completed its software portfolio and that it needed to push hard to win numerous customers and possible partners.

"The next part of it is the channel," Beard said. "You can't do it only directly, you need partners that fill in the gaps." BlackBerry refused its own operating system in order to support Alphabet Inc's Android in late 2015. The company also signed deals later last year to license its security as well as productivity software to three different manufacturers which are now building BlackBerry-branded gadgets.

Jim Mackey's Responsibilities In The Company

According to Fortune, James G. Mackey, commonly known as Jim Mackey worked directly with John Chen, the Chief Executive of BlackBerry. His responsibilities include navigating the purchase and any marketing relationships. Mackey also led a team of 1,000 finance workers with the responsibility of overlooking the company's financial analysis, controls as well as reporting, accounting, business planning and investor relations.

The integration of a string of properties and signing of major partnership agreements are also handled by Mackey. BlackBerry have been integrated into a widespread security software portfolio that is said to be the key to BlackBerry's future. Thanks to Mackey, the destiny of the firm seems to be brighter after losing its market-leading position in handset devices to Apple Inc. and other Android-based devices.

 

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