BlackBerry Announces Two New Board Directors

Thu Feb 7, 2013 8:00am EST

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  WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Feb 07 (MARKET WIRE) --
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 www.blackberry.com.

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