Blackberry guts senior stuff

It seems that the top executives of Blackberry are fleeing the doomed outfit before it sinks.

Three top executives have been seen emptying their desks and putting the photographs of their family into old photocopy boxes as recently appointed Chief Executive John Chen embarks on his promised a shakeup at the struggling smartphone maker.

Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear, Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben have collected their pink slips and P45s and CFO Brian Bidulka has been promoted to a “special advisor” until he goes in March.

Tear played a key role in BlackBerry’s latest restructuring, while Boulben was instrumental in the company changing its branding and name to BlackBerry from Research In Motion.

Chen said he aims to make the company a top provider for companies and governments of mobile devices and device-management tools.

It looks like he is there to stay. Certainly, he is not keeping the company on an even keel until a new boss is appointed, like most interim CEOs. In fact he is making many hands on changes of his own.

Chen is by nature a turnaround artist and sorted out software maker Sybase in the late 1990s so he probably can’t resist the challenge.

BlackBerry did not name replacements for the other two executives exiting the company, but signalled more changes could be coming. It said Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has also resigned.