Troubled smartphone firm BlackBerry is losing three more executives, including its head of global sales, days before quarterly figures are expected to show further steep losses.
Following the departure of former chief executive
They add to an executive clear-out, driven by Chen, that has also seen chief operating officer
The company is scheduled to announce on Friday its results for the quarter to the end of November. Analysts forecast that revenues will be just
The company has made an operating loss for the past seven quarters, including a
The executive departures come amid plunging consumer sales of BlackBerry handsets according to research company Kantar ComTech, which said earlier this month that sales of the company's handsets in the US,
Chen, who is credited with reviving the fortunes of the software company
So far he has given little indication of how he intends to bolster the company's fortunes, which have plummeted dramatically after its BB10 software and handsets flopped following their launch in January: in September the company took a
Chen's only public statement has come in an open letter to customers saying that "we remain committed to delivering high quality products and services to the millions of people who rely on us globally" and that "BlackBerry has significant financial strength for the long haul".
He is expected to focus on corporate accounts, which are reckoned to make up to about 30m of BlackBerry's users worldwide. Those, however, are under siege from rival companies aiming to sell mobile device management (MDM) software to manage other smartphone makes, particularly from Apple and Samsung.
BlackBerry shares dropped on 9 December to a 10-year low of
That comes despite a cash infusion of
The company announced on Tuesday that it had won a contract to supply 10,000 BB10 handsets to French carmaker Peugeot Citroen.
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