BlackBerry Announces Two New Board Directors
WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- BlackBerry(R)
(NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced it has appointed two new
Directors to the Company's Board of Directors - Richard "Dick" Lynch,
retired Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications Inc. and
Bert Nordberg, former Chief Executive Officer of Sony Ericsson Mobile
Commenting on their appointment, Board Chair Barbara Stymiest said,
"We are very pleased to add the talent and industry knowledge of
these two respected executives to our Board. We are looking forward
to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term
shareholder value and seek opportunities to leverage the
extraordinary BlackBerry 10 platform launched last week."
With the additions of Mr. Lynch and Mr. Nordberg, the Company's board
of directors now consists of 12 members, of which 10 are independent
members including an independent chair.
Richard "Dick" Lynch is president of FB Associates, LLC, which
provides advisory and consulting services at the intersection of
technology, marketing, and business operations. Prior to his current
roles, Lynch had been the EVP & Chief Technology Officer for Verizon
Communications Inc. since 2007 and the EVP & CTO of Verizon Wireless
and its predecessors since 1990.
Lynch is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers (IEEE). He has sat on the boards of numerous industry
organizations including the GSM Association (GSMA), the CDMA
Development Group (CDG), and as a member of the Federal
Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and
Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council
(CSRIC). Lynch has also been honored with the President's Award by
the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), and
been inducted into the Wireless History Foundation's Hall of Fame.
Lynch currently serves on the boards of TranSwitch Corporation where
he is chairman and Ruckus Wireless.
Lynch is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute (now University
of Massachusetts) where he received bachelors and masters degrees in
electrical engineering (1970 and 1972 respectively). He has also
completed post graduate work at the Wharton School of the University
of Pennsylvania and the Jo
hnson School of Management at Cornell
Bert Nordberg is Chairman of Vestas Wind Systems, A/S (Denmark) and
director on the Board of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA)
(Sweden). Additionally, Mr. Nordberg serves as director on the Board
of Kcell Joint Stock Company (Kazakhstan) and as a representative for
the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Southern Sweden and as a Member
of the Hewlett Packard Communications, Media & Entertainment Board of
Industry Advisors (USA).
Mr. Nordberg was Chairman of Sony Mobile from May-December 2012. He
was President & CEO of Sony Ericsson from October 2009-May 2012.
While at Ericsson, Mr. Nordberg held many senior positions including
Executive Vice President, Ericsson Group and Head of Ericsson Silicon
Valley, based in California, USA.
Mr. Nordberg received degrees in Electronic Engineering from Malmo
Tekniska Laroverk in 1978 and as Engineer in the Swedish Marines from
Berga, Sweden, in 1980. He has complemented these degrees with
courses in International Management and Marketing and Finance at
INSEAD University, France.
A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized
the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry
aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the
world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences.
Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates
offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Research In Motion announced that effective January 30, 2013, the
Company would operate around the world under the iconic name
BlackBerry. The legal name of the company has not changed, but the
Company will do business as BlackBerry until shareholders vote for
the official change at the Company's Annual General Meeting later in
2013. Effective Monday, February 4, 2013, the Company commenced
trading under its new ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit
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