BlackBerry appointed two experienced mobile executives to its board, a move that Reuters said is designed to ease investor concern about the level of industry experience it has on the panel.
The company has signed Dick Lynch, former EVP and CTO of Verizon Communications and Bert Nordberg, former CEO of the handset maker previously known as Sony Ericsson.
In a statement, Barbara Stymiest, chair of BlackBerry, said: “We are looking forward to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term shareholder value and seek opportunities to leverage the extraordinary BlackBerry 10 platform launched last week.”
BlackBerry has expanded its board from ten to twelve with the new additions. Ten of these are independent, including the chair.
Last year, the company appointed a banker to its board, a move that was linked with its ongoing strategic review.
With the company having (finally) brought the first devices powered by its BlackBerry 10 platform to market, and this week issuing a statement claiming strong initial sales in the UK and Canada, much of the focus at least for the short term is on its ongoing operations.
For further insight into the new BlackBerry 10 OS, watch our exclusive video feature from the London launch here.