BlackBerry names John Sims to lead enterprise unit

TORONTO Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:43pm EST

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A man is silhouetted against a video screen with the Blackberry logo as he pose with a Blackberry Q10 in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, September 21, 2013.

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TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday that John Sims will join the company as head of its global enterprise services business.

Sims will join BlackBerry in January from SAP, where he served as president of SAP's Mobile Services business.

BlackBerry's Chief Executive John Chen said Sims' extensive experience in transforming businesses and redefining brands will be a tremendous asset to BlackBerry as the company seeks to turn around its fortunes.

Chen, who recently took the reins at BlackBerry, is keen to rebuild the company as more of a niche player focused on the so-called enterprise market of large government and corporate clients.

The company's new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform allows such clients to now manage BlackBerry, Android and iOS-based devices on their internal networks.

(Reporting by Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp)

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