The ink was hardly dry on the employment agreement for John Chen’s latest addition to the C-Suite at BlackBerry Ltd, when the company’s new Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard was impressing mightily in a recent interview about his new role. Not only with his grasp of the mobile industry, but just his go-getter attitude in general.
I’ll let him speak for himself:
Q: Some would see it as a risk to go to a company that has struggled. Why join BlackBerry?
A: No. I have extremely high confidence we will meet the operational goals. Let’s say you join a company at the top of mountain, and all you try to do is stay at the top of the mountain. They’re are risks associated with that. Staying at the top is not a no-brainer. Over the last five to 10 years, we’ve seen incredible whipsaws in mobility. There will be more [market leader changes] and we can’t predict exactly which ones there will be. So there is risk in transforming yourself, but there is also a huge opportunity in the direction we’re going. I love when people think something is done or that you’ve lost A, B, or C. I’m very competitive so I love that challenge. I think that we’re going to prove a lot of people wrong.
And you could very well be right, Mr. Beard. Yes indeed. Go get ’em. ;)