BlackBerry adds another tech veteran to head up handset biz

Global News

TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) has hired another tech industry veteran for a key leadership role, as the smartphone maker pushes ahead with another turnaround attempt.

Ron Louks, who held senior positions at HTC America Inc. and Sony Ericsson, has been appointed to help develop the company’s long-term product roadmap, BlackBerry announced on Monday.

Louks, 49, will take the newly created position of president for devices and emerging solutions, reporting to BlackBerry chief executive John Chen.

Louks will directly manage long-term plans for BlackBerry’s product lineup, which includes its mobile devices, software, and partnerships with other companies, Chen said in a release.

“I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to BlackBerry and to our customers around the world,” Chen said.

“A good deal of Ron’s time will be spent with customers, carriers and partners.”

Louks joins BlackBerry from OpenNMS…

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