BlackBerry COO Marty Beard Has Resigned

BlackBerry Ltd Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard has resigned from the company, effective Dec. 1, to help family members deal with health issues, a person familiar with the plans told Reuters.

Though representatives with BlackBerry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the departure, Beard's resignation was disclosed to BlackBerry staff in an internal company memo in November.

Beard personally lead alongside Chen since 2014 to develop a strategy for shifting the focus away from its handset business and deeper into enterprise softwares and licensing. He was directly responsible for leading cross-functional operations, including Marketing, Strategic and Application Partnering, Pricing, Corporate Support and Quality, eCommerce Sales and Security Evangelism.

He previously worked for Chen at Sybase Inc, a software maker that Chen built up and sold to Germany's SAP AG. We've heard he will not be pursuing a career further in any capacity.

Hopefully the situation is not as dismaying as it sounds from these vague details.

We'll wait patiently to see if a new COO will be announced in the coming weeks.