Telecom Career: BlackBerry names software chief

Staff writer
22 Aug 2014

BlackBerry brings in former Sony Ericsson CTO to lead the new software and patent unit

Struggling handset maker BlackBerry has appointed Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit, to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS, with immediate effect.

The BTS unit will integrate BlackBerry’s key technology assets include QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom (cryptography applications), Paratek (RF antenna tuning), as well as the firm’s 44,000-patents portfolio.

The move comes as CEO John Chen continues to revamp the Canadian handset maker in an effort to stabilize the struggling handset business and seeks new revenues streams.

"Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy,” Chen said.

Chennakeshu has 73 patents to his name and 25 years of experience in the wireless, electronics and semiconductor industry, including serving as president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO of Sony-Ericsson. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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