BlackBerry India today announced that it has appointed Narendra Nayak as its new managing director. The new appointment comes amid the company’s new developments to improve its market position.
Replacing Sunil Lalvani, who had quit the organisation earlier this year, Nayak will be responsible for driving BlackBerry’s software and services business as well as handling its ecosystem of indirect channels in the country. He has over 30 years of experience in IT and Telecom business management, and was working for ventured-funded software company Linguanext Technologies prior to his new appointment. He also held executive roles at various tech organisations including CSC, IBM, Motorola and Digital Equipment India among others.
“Narendra joins us at a pivotal time, as we continue to transform our business from one fueled by the sale of smartphones, into the leading enterprise software provider focused on cross-platform mobile security and productivity,” Carl Wiese, president, Global Sales, BlackBerry said in a press statement. “These are exciting times for BlackBerry in India, and I look forward to Narendra motivating our team and driving our business in the market forwards.”
The Canadian company says that Nayak will work with direct enterprise customers, network operators and distribution partners. In addition, he will operate business with the company’s value-added resellers (VAR), system integrator and reseller partners.
“I am excited to join BlackBerry, a brand synonymous with mobile security,” Narendra said. “I look forward to building our business here in India by ensuring we are helping enterprise and government organizations select and implement an end-to-end mobile security strategy – whatever the device or devices they are using.”
Narendra would help BlackBerry to grow in the highly competitive smartphone market. Also, his arrival would be the last major appointment for the company before it would formally inclined towards Google’s Android and launch Priv, codenamed BlackBerry Venice.