Narendra Nayak appointed as the new Managing Director of Blackberry India

Dated: October 28, 2015

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BlackBerry has appointed Narendra Nayak as the Managing Director of its India operations to steer the Canadian handset maker's restructuring efforts. He replaces Sunil Lalvani, who had quit the organization in June. Based in New Delhi, Nayak will be responsible for driving BlackBerry's software and services business through all channels in India - direct enterprise customers, network operators, distribution partners, the company said in a statement.

Nayak will also be responsible for BlackBerry's growing ecosystem of indirect channels in India that includes Value-Added Reseller (VAR), systems integrator and reseller partners, it added.

Narendra Nayak

Nayak joins BlackBerry from venture-funded software company Linguanext Technologies, where he was responsible for growing the business in India and across South East Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to Linguanext, he has held executive roles at CSC, IBM, Motorola, and Digital Equipment India.

"I look forward to building our business here in India by ensuring we are helping enterprise and government organisations select and implement an end-to-end mobile security strategy - whatever the device or devices they are using," Nayak said.

Once an iconic business phone maker, BlackBerry has been struggling against competitors like Apple and Samsung in the global smartphone market.

In May 2015, BlackBerry had said it will lay off an unspecified number of workers around the world, impacting those working on software, hardware, and application sides of the business. This is part of the company's efforts to make its devices business profitable.

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