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Three More BlackBerry Execs Head for the Exits

BlackBerry confirmed Wednesday that three executives have left or are in the process of leaving the Canadian smartphone maker.

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Senior VP of Manufacturing Carmine Arabia and VPs Doug Kozak and Graeme Whittington are leaving, according to the company.

“We thank all of them for their contributions and wish them well,” BlackBerry spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger said in an email.

The departures were reported earlier by the CBC.

BlackBerry is in the second phase of a restructuring effort that includes the recent closure of a Waterloo, Ontario, testing facility.

“As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing,” Freiburger said. “We will be as transparent as possible as plans evolve.”

BlackBerry has not said how many jobs it expects to cut as part of this second round, and not all of the recent executive exits are necessarily tied to the restructuring.


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