BlackBerry Executive Team

John Chen

Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
John Chen

John Chen is Executive Chairman of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

John is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. from 1997 for 15 years, where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability.

John started his career as an engineer at Burroughs Corp. in 1979, where he progressed to General Manager of the UNIX Group following a merger that renamed the company Unisys. John went on to become President of Pyramid Technology, where he served from 1991-1995, before they were acquired by Siemens Nixdorf and he was offered the position of Executive Board Member, which he held from 1995-1997.

He has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President's Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, John chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). John is actively involved in international relations. He has been a member of the Committee of 100 since 1997 and was Chairman from 2009-2011, with the dedicated mission of furthering U.S.-China relations.

In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, John has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and holds a master's in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. John has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University, and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

John serves on the Board of Directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is also active in the not-for-profit community, and is a trustee of Caltech, board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.

Marty Beard

Chief Operating Officer, BlackBerry
Marty Beard

Marty is responsible for leading cross-functional operations, including Marketing, Pricing, Application Partnering, Manufacturing & Supply, Customer Care and Quality. He is also responsible for instituting best practices and processes across the organization to ensure operational excellence.

Marty previously served as Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, Inc., a leading provider of cloud applications for customer service. Under his leadership, LiveOps leveraged the cloud, mobile and social interactions to improve customer service interactions for its enterprise customers. Prior to joining LiveOps, Marty was President of Sybase 365 (a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc.), a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and held a series of executive positions including SVP of corporate development & marketing. Prior to Sybase, Marty worked at Oracle as Vice President of Oracle Online, its e-Commerce service unit.

Marty holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu

President, BlackBerry Technology Solutions
Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu

Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu is the President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS). In this role, he manages and drives the strategic direction of BlackBerry’s innovative technology assets, including QNX Software Systems (embedded software), Certicom (cryptography applications) and Paratek (RF antenna tuning). Sandeep also manages the company’s extensive patent portfolio and Internet of Things strategy.

Over the past 25 years, Sandeep has been engaged in research, product development, IP creation/licensing and general management in the wireless, electronics and semiconductor industry.

Prior to joining BlackBerry, Sandeep was the President of PMP LLC & RSI Consulting LLC, offering restructuring, strategic growth and innovation consultation to multinational clients. He has previously served as Senior Advisor at Sony Corporation of America, Chief Development Officer of Freescale Semiconductor and General Manager of Freescale’s Wireless Business group, respectively. Sandeep was also President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and Chief Technology Officer of Sony-Ericsson and Ericsson Mobile Phones. Sandeep started his career in research and development at General Electric (GE).

Sandeep holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from the Indian Institute of Science. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and is a named inventor on 73 patents.

Billy Ho

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Products and Value Added Solutions
Billy Ho

Billy leads the Enterprise Product Management and Software organizations.

Prior to joining BlackBerry, Billy served as Senior Vice President of Product & Technology Operations at Sybase, Inc where he was responsible for Sybase technology research, product development and customer support. He held many other leadership positions within Sybase, including General Manager of the OEM Business Unit, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the e-Business Division, and Vice President of the Product Development, Enterprise Solutions Division. He has also been a Director of Engineering at Unisys and Siemens.

Billy earned a MS in Computer Science from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California and a BS in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Alex Thurber

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Solutions
Ralph Pini

Alex Thurber is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions for BlackBerry, Ltd. He is responsible for BlackBerry’s long-term mobility product roadmap and joint development efforts around the world. He oversees the manufacturing supply/chain, repair, customer support and product quality functions under the Mobility Solutions unit.

Alex has more than 25 years of experience in high tech security. He joined BlackBerry in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Prior to BlackBerry, he founded Thurber Technology Group, a technology company that became one of Portland Oregon’s first internet service providers focused on providing secure connectivity to the newly commercialized internet. In 1997, Alex’s company was the fastest growing technology company in Oregon, and the 75th fastest-growing technology company in the United States. In 1999, Alex was named Oregon’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. After selling his company, he spent 10 years at Cisco Systems, responsible for developing global go-to-market strategies for both security and mobility solutions. Alex left Cisco to spend three years as the head of Worldwide Channels for McAfee. After McAfee was acquired by Intel, Alex went on to run worldwide sales for two smaller security companies in the Northwest ending by developing and executing a complete sales turnaround for WatchGuard Technologies of Seattle.

Carl J. Wiese

President, Global Sales
Carl J. Wiese

Carl Wiese is President, Global Sales, responsible for driving BlackBerry’s go-to-market strategy and advancing the company’s global sales efforts to drive growth.

Prior to BlackBerry, Carl spent more than a decade at Cisco in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Senior Vice President leading the company’s global collaboration business, directing sales and go-to-market strategy. He also served as Vice President of U.S. & Canada Advanced Technologies, focused on driving sales and deployment processes for new and emerging technologies that represented some of the company’s highest potential growth segments.

Carl has over 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing, services, and product management for high-technology companies. Previously, Carl held executive positions at Apple, Avaya, Lucent and Texas Instruments.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.

Nita White-Ivy

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Nita White-Ivy

Nita is responsible for leading the HR team to design and deliver global programs, initiatives, partnerships, solutions and services in all facets of HR to support the achievement of the company’s operational goals and strategic objectives.

Before joining BlackBerry, Nita served as Chief People Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for SAP Cloud and SuccessFactors. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Sybase, Inc. where she was responsible for providing and implementing high quality, state-of-the-art human resource and security services and programs for Sybase employees, management, executives and campuses worldwide.

Nita has an MBA from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California and has also completed several courses towards an MA in Counseling Psychology from the same institution. She earned her BS in Business Administration with finance and accounting major with honors.

Mark Wilson

Chief Evangelist
Mark Wilson

As Chief Evangelist, Mark Wilson is responsible for delivering the BlackBerry message through thought leadership and other opportunities that promote the brand. He leads advocacy and outreach to the audiences around the world that BlackBerry touches with its portfolio of products and services. Mark also oversees the Company’s market planning and research team, driving key analysis and insights that reinforce BlackBerry’s global leadership as a mobile communications company.

Before joining BlackBerry, he was chief marketing officer for Avaya, senior vice president of marketing for Sybase, an SAP Company, leader of the strategy practice at KPMG Consulting’s Information, Communication and Entertainment Group, and a marketing manager for AT&T.  Mark was named by BtoB Magazine as one of the Best Marketers from 2009-2011 and 2013. He was also named to the 2013 FierceCMO list of CMOs to watch. Mark holds an MBA and an MA in public policy from The University of Chicago. He received his BA from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Steve Capelli

Chief Financial Officer
James Yersh

Steve Capelli is Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all of BlackBerry’s financial operations including corporate accounting, FP&A, treasury, tax, procurement, and investor relations.

Steve has 25 years of executive experience leading finance and operations organizations in the software and technology industry.

Prior to joining BlackBerry, Steve was President of Worldwide Field Operations at Sybase with responsibility for more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Steve also led international operations at Sybase as General Manager with responsibility for sales, operations, finance, customer support, marketing and human resources. Prior to Sybase, Steve was Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Pyramid. Earlier in his career, he served in controllership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, Unisys Corporation and WR Grace and Company. 

Steve received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The College of New Jersey and an MBA in finance from Rutgers University. He currently serves on several corporate boards with representation on audit, compensation and governance committees.

Steven E. Zipperstein

Chief Legal Officer
Steven E. Zipperstein

Steve is responsible for worldwide legal, government relations, public policy, compliance, regulatory, corporate security and corporate real estate for BlackBerry Ltd.  Steve also serves as the company’s Chief Risk Officer and oversees the company’s internal audit function.

Steve previously served as the General Counsel of Verizon Wireless from 2003 through 2011, and as a Deputy General Counsel of Verizon Communications Inc. from 2000 through 2003. Prior to the formation of Verizon Communications, Steve served as a Deputy General Counsel for GTE Corporation with corporate-wide responsibility for state regulatory, litigation and compliance matters.

Before joining GTE/Verizon, Steve served for more than 9 years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.  Steve tried more than a dozen federal felony jury trials (including the first-ever prosecution against the owners of a failed savings and loan during the late 1980s) and he argued 23 cases before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Steve also served as Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding the events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.  

Steve graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with highest honors, and received his law degree from U.C. Davis, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as a Law Review Editor and a Member of the Moot Court Board.  Steve has taught at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and published several law review articles.  He has testified before Congress on telecommunications policy issues numerous times.

Steve is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Guy Miasnik

Chief Strategy Officer
Guy Miasnik

Guy Miasnik is Chief Strategy Officer at BlackBerry and a member of its Executive team. In his role, Guy translates BlackBerry’s vision for the Enterprise of Things into integrated offerings and go-to-market strategies that drive sustainable growth across BlackBerry’s business units.

Prior to February 2017, Guy was President of AtHoc, the crisis communication Division of BlackBerry that was formed after AtHoc was acquired in 2015. As the co-founder and CEO of AtHoc, Guy transformed the business from a Greylock-funded Silicon Valley startup to a profitable, high-growth leader in the crisis communication market serving the vast majority of the US Homeland Security and Defense community. Today, BlackBerry AtHoc software helps safeguard millions of people worldwide in commercial, healthcare and government organizations.

Prior to AtHoc, Guy co-founded and served as CEO at Kinetica Ltd., a technology services company, where he drove the firm's growth from a zero-capital start-up to profitability in less than two years. It was later acquired by NetVision.

Guy earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the Technion. He holds eight patents in crisis communication. Guy is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Center of Entrepreneurship Rock 100 Summit, and has been serving on the boards of several educational nonprofit organizations. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.

Iain Kennedy

Chief Information Officer
Guy Miasnik

Iain Kennedy is Chief Information Officer at BlackBerry. In this role he manages Corporate Information Technology and Technology Services that are provided to BlackBerry customers globally. Iain has also held the role of SVP Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations and Procurement/Sourcing at BlackBerry.

Iain previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Spin Master Ltd, responsible for all aspects of company operations. He has held executive roles at Celestica, responsible for Global Supply Chain and Information Technology and ‎Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration. Prior to Celestica, Mr. Kennedy was with IBM Canada. 

Iain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and an Executive MBA (Ivey Scholar) degree from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.  Iain is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ award.