The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce hosted special luncheon with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen today with the Chamber's CEO Ian McLean. BlackBerry is such an important and integral part to the Kitchener and Waterloo regions so it was interesting to hear what John Chen had to say when he held a question and answer session with the attendees.
Chen took questions about BlackBerry's commitment to the KW region, BlackBerry's turnaround, their financial status and the strategy he has for the future. Probably Chen's most interesting statement other than naming 4 handsets for 2015 (Leap, Slider and two new devices) is that changing the image of the company is key. Chen said that they needed to rebuild the public reputation of the company and show that they're not in financial trouble.
The BlackBerry CEO further stated that the toughest part of being CEO of BlackBerry was keeping morale at BlackBerry high. He says he needed to swing the company mindset from just handsets (something he's said all along) into more end points for their products.
It was a very interesting gathering and an insightful meeting into John Chen's mind frame as CEO for BlackBerry. Chen is a remarkable gentleman and the best thing going now for BlackBerry is the man at the helm. You can read all the Q and A on twitter at the Greater KW Chamber of commerce twitter feed, @GKWCC.
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