Today, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry (formerly known as Research In Motion) announced two new members for its Board of Directors, namely Richard “Dick” Lynch and Bert Nordberg.Both of them join the company with extensive expertise in the mobile market, as the former is a retired Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications Inc., while the latter served as Chief Executive Officer of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.
Following the new appointments, BlackBerry’s board of directors has 12 members now, 10 of which are independent members including an independent chair.
“We are very pleased to add the talent and industry knowledge of these two respected executives to our Board,” Board Chair Barbara Stymiest said.
“We are looking forward to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term shareholder value and seek opportunities to leverage the extraordinary BlackBerry 10 platform launched last week."
Richard “Dick” Lynch is currently president of FB Associates, LLC, a company that offers advisory and consulting services at the intersection of technology, marketing, and business operations.
Before occupying this position, he had served as EVP & Chief Technology Officer for Verizon Communications Inc. since 2007, while being EVP & CTO of Verizon Wireless and its predecessors since 1990.
BlackBerry also notes that Bert Nordberg is Chairman of Vestas Wind Systems, A/S (Denmark), while also serving as director on the Board of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) (Sweden).
He is also director on the Board of Kcell Joint Stock Company (Kazakhstan), as well as a representative for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Southern Sweden, in addition to being a Member of the Hewlett Packard Communications, Media & Entertainment Board of Industry Advisors (USA).
Nordberg has been Chairman of Sony Mobile from May to December 2012, while serving as President & CEO of Sony Ericsson from October 2009 to May 2012. He’d held many senior positions within Sony Ericsson before that.