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BBM chief quits BlackBerry

Andrew Bocking departs; reasons unclear

BBM chief quits BlackBerry
BlackBerry did not disclose the reason for Andrew Bocking’s departure.

The man in charge of BlackBerry’s widely used messaging platform BBM has resigned, Reuters reported.

The Canadian smartphone maker announced Andrew Bocking’s departure yesterday, saying it was his decision, but not disclosing his reasons for doing so. The company said the BBM division would be added to its enterprise business unit, headed by John Sims.

BlackBerry abandoned plans to sell itself and appointed a new CEO, John Chen, in the fourth quarter of 2013. Since then Chen has tried to take the company back to its enterprise roots and away from the hyper-competitive consumer market that it was unable to master.

Chen’s restructuring of the business has included a management reshuffle, but it is unclear if Bocking’s resignation is related.

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