UPDATE 1-BlackBerry's CEO hires two more of his former colleagues

Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:04pm EST
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TORONTO Dec 18 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it hired two more senior executives who previously worked with its new chief executive officer, bolstering a newly assembled team charged with putting the stumbling smartphone maker back in stride.

The pair are part of a growing cadre of familiar talent tapped by John Chen since he joined BlackBerry as CEO last month.

Chen built his reputation as a turnaround specialist at Sybase, a database and mobile software company that was eventually acquired by SAP AG, the German software firm. After the deal Chen served as president of SAP's mobile services business to help with the target company's integration.

At BlackBerry, James Mackey will take charge of acquisitions as executive vice president for corporate development and strategic planning, while Mark Wilson was named senior vice president of marketing.

Mackey had previously headed corporate development at SAP, where he led more than 40 acquisitions, before joining OpenText Corp, a neighbor of Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, last year.

Wilson last year joined Avaya as chief marketing officer, after working for many years at Sybase.

"I have worked extensively with both of them in the past, have the utmost respect for their experience and accomplishments," Chen said in a statement.

"We have developed close and trusted relationships with each other that will enable us to cohesively manage the changes required to reshape BlackBerry," said the chief executive, who was named to replace Thorsten Heins last month.   Continued...