Electronic Products & Technology

BlackBerry appoints prez of new biz unit

August 19, 2014  EP&T Magazine

BlackBerry Ltd., Waterloo ON, has appointed Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS).

The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry’s innovative technology assets, including: QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom (cryptography applications), and Paratek (RF antenna tuning), as well as BlackBerry’s extensive patent portfolio.

“I am very pleased that Sandeep has joined BlackBerry to lead BTS. QNX, Certicom and Paratek are strategic and technically innovative assets with significant potential to address the much wider global markets for secure, reliable communications and embedded applications,” says John Chen, BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO. “Project Ion creates an application platform that enables secure and collaborative machine-to-machine communication required by the growing number of end-to-end, Internet of Things applications. Our broad global portfolio of 44,000 patents is of value to several industry segments. Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy.”

Chennakeshu has been engaged in research, product development, IP creation/licensing and general management in the wireless, electronics and semiconductor industry for more than 25 years, including serving as president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO of Sony-Ericsson. He is a named inventor on 73 patents and a Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Chennakeshu starts immediately.

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