WATERLOO, Ontario — BlackBerry announced that it has appointed former Cisco Executive Bryan Palma as President and Chief Operating Officer.
“I’m proud of the company’s financial stability and the progress we have made advancing our EoT strategy with the Spark platform,” said Mr. Chen. “Bryan is an excellent addition to our team given his proven experience delivering growth for strategic industry providers. This key addition to the BlackBerry team will best serve the company’s focus on EoT, integrating Cylance, and expanding our licensing business.”
Palma will be responsible for the Company’s core product and services that serve as the foundation for its strategy to secure the Enterprise of Things (EoT).
This includes people, processes, and ‘things’ – from connected cars and smart speakers to documents, emails, and the data that flows between. Palma will oversee the BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Enterprise Software and Services, and Mobility Solutions teams, and will report directly to John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO. Intellectual property and licensing will continue to operate separately, as will Cylance once the acquisition is complete.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join BlackBerry at this pivotal time in the industry,” said Palma. “As the world becomes exponentially more connected, enterprises and governments around the world need a trusted provider of security and data privacy, and I am confident that provider is BlackBerry. I look forward to working closely with John and the leadership team to deliver the market-leading intelligent security and connectivity solutions organizations need.”
Palma comes to BlackBerry with nearly 20 years’ experience delivering rapid growth at some of the world’s largest and respected organizations such as Cisco, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo and the United States Secret Service. Most recently, he was Cisco’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of customer experience for the Americas where his team helped customers design, build, and operate a global portfolio of network, security, collaboration, IoT, data center, and cloud services. Prior to Cisco, Palma was the Vice President of Cyber and Security Solutions at Boeing, where he was responsible for the cyber security solutions portfolio, which included offensive cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security software, and managed security services. Palma holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and master’s degrees from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Maryland.