BlackBerry Announces Two New Board Directors

Thu Feb 7, 2013 8:00am EST

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February 7, 2013 - 08:00:00 AM

BlackBerry Announces Two New Board Directors

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2013) - 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 Communications.

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 Johnson
School of Management at Cornell University.

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.

About BlackBerry 

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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