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BlackBerry fires U.S. sales boss, more layoffs coming

BlackBerry Layoffs 2013

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins talked a good game at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting and BlackBerry shares climbed 3% after hours as a result. The struggling smartphone maker is still in survival mode as is desperately tries to compete in a market that continues to slip from its grasp, however, and yet another round of layoffs is coming. The Wall Street Journal reports that BlackBerry fired its VP of U.S. sales Richard Piasentin last month, and it says more layoffs are coming “across middle management in the sales and support divisions.” This new round of layoffs will be in addition to the 5,000 BlackBerry workers let go in the previous fiscal year.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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