BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps


On the heels of news that Apple would be significantly ramping up its mobile enterprise push in a partnership with IBM, BlackBerry is also looking to step up its game. Today, the company announced that it is appointing a new COO, Marty Beard.

marty beardThis is a poach from the ranks of enterprise startups, but also an example of BlackBerry’s CEO bringing in people he already knows: Beard (pictured right) was most recently at LiveOps, a could-based contact center provider, where he had been the CEO and chairman. But previous to that, Beard worked at Sybase, which is also where Chen was once the CEO.

At Sybase, which is now owned by SAP, he was president of Sybase 365, a unit focused on mobile messaging and mobile commerce services.

BlackBerry says that Beard will be responsible for a number of areas: marketing, BlackBerry 10 apps development, customer care and quality. He…

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