BlackBerry names ex-Sybase executive as chief operating officer

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TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Limited (BB.TO) named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle.

Beard was most recently chief officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to that he was an executive of Sybase, an enterprise software maker that was formerly run by current BlackBerry CEO John Chen.


BlackBerry said Beard in his role would be responsible for marketing, application development, and customer care, among things.

Former BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear left the company late last year, shortly after Chen took the reins.