In the wake of the news we posted earlier about the departure of Matthew Ball as BlackBerry Australia/New Zealand Managing Director, BlackBerry has issued this announcement regarding the future leadership of BlackBerry in this region;
We can confirm that Matthew Ball is no longer with BlackBerry and we thank him for his contribution to the company. As VP of Sales for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Paul Crighton will continue to lead the team in Australia and New Zealand. BlackBerry is focused on growing its global enterprise customer base and Paul will play a key role in achieving this for the ANZ market as the company concentrates on several critical components. First, we provide customers choices in what operating system they can use by developing cross-platform mobile solutions that support Android, BB10, iOS or Windows. Next is providing the most secure mobile infrastructures – especially as companies are broadly adopting BYOD strategies that create more complex security challenges. Third is capitalizing on the pedigree and trust BlackBerry has built with strategic partners and governments around the world.
Paul has been in his present role with BlackBerry for 9 months. He is also Senior Vice President of Sales for PGi, an Australian company providing Teleconference and Web Conferencing solutions, where he has been for over seven years. Previously, he held positions at Symantec as Sales Director for five years and with Intel as Sales Director for six years. Paul studied Electrical Engineering at the British Naval College and we trust that his experience in engineering coupled with many years experience in sales will adequately equip him for the role of raising BlackBerry’s profile in Australia and New Zealand.
So as we see, BlackBerry continues its direction regarding future development and partnerships with its target market. Bringing Australia and New Zealand under the leadership of a wider Asia-Pacific market will enhance the business in this country by building on a wider framework of expertise and proven models to provide strong leadership for this region. As stated in the previous post, we at UTB wish Matthew Ball well for the future and look forward to seeing Paul enhance this region building upon his successes in the Asia-Pacific area and working with him to keep you informed of BlackBerry’s continued development in this region.
Source: BlackBerry Australia PR