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BlackBerry Director Nordberg to Step Down as Board Shrinks to 6

BlackBerry Ltd. said director Bert Nordberg won’t stand for re-election just a year after he was named, leaving the smartphone maker with six board members.

Nordberg, the 58-year-old former chief executive officer of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, is a member of the company’s nominating committee, BlackBerry said yesterday in a filing. It didn’t say why he won’t seek to remain on the board after being appointed last year.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who joined the company in November, is seeking a turnaround with new devices and a greater emphasis on software such as instant messaging and corporate phone management. BlackBerry shares have risen 14 percent under Chen’s tenure.

The rest of BlackBerry’s current directors, including chairman Prem Watsa, are standing for re-election, the company said.

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