The news was first reported by BGR, who said that “what is unconfirmed…is whether Bocking was fired or decided to leave on his own accord.”
Either way, BlackBerry expressed gratitude for Bocking’s service to the company, saying, in a statement, that it “thank[s] him for his years of leadership and contribution.”
The departure of executives is not news to the beleaguered smartphone-maker. It started last November when CEO John Chen ousted his predecessor, Thorsten Heins, and the company’s COO, CMO, and CFO.
A month later, three of BlackBerry’s senior executives – Rick Costanzo, then-EVP of global sales; Chris Wormald, then-VP of strategic alliances; and Mark Cameron, former director of global public policy – left the company.
A number of sources have confirmed that BBM will be rolled up into BlackBerry’s Global Enterprise Solutions, under the leadership of John Sims.
The move is indicative of BlackBerry’s continued push toward the enterprise market, though the company has said that it has no intention of stopping development of its most popular feature, which currently boasts 70 million users worldwide.
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