Another senior exit at BlackBerry India: Varghese Thomas quits

BlackBerry India has just lost another key business leader. Industry sources state that Varghese M. Thomas‎, Director--Corporate Communications & Social Media for BlackBerry India and SAARC‎ has put in his papers.

FP Staff August 20, 2015 17:41:42 IST
Another senior exit at BlackBerry India: Varghese Thomas quits

‎BlackBerry India has just lost another key business leader. Industry sources state that Varghese M. Thomas‎, Director--Corporate Communications & Social Media for BlackBerry India and SAARC‎ has put in his papers.

‎It was a little over two months ago that Sunil Lalvani, then Managing Director of BlackBerry India quit. Lalvani has since taken over as Vice President of Qualcomm and President of Qualcomm India on July 27. BlackBerry hasn't yet appointed a new Managing Director for India, with Matthew Tonkin, VP, Carrier Sales and Distribution, APAC, leading operations in India.

Another senior exit at BlackBerry India Varghese Thomas quits

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Firstpost tried to reach Thomas for a comment but he didn't respond. ‎Thomas, an experienced communications professional, has worked with BlackBerry since 2011 and has managed one of the toughest jobs in communications in the Indian technology sector as BlackBerry's marketshare started hitting new lows every quarter on quarter since 2013. That, thanks to users ditching their BlackBerry smartphones for snazzier Android devices and iPhones because of a lack of applications in the BlackBerry ecosystem and BlackBerry's seeming inability to keep up with the times. In addition, BlackBerry has also faced significant problems with the Indian government over its famed encryption capabilities, with the government demanding real-time access for monitoring over security concerns. While BlackBerry allowed limited access, BlackBerry Enterprise Server data still remains out of the real-time monitoring reach of the Indian government.

And even as  BlackBerry released BlackBerry 10 smartphones with a whole new operating system early in 2013, unfortunately the company has continued to bleed marketshare in smartphones. To Thomas' credit, he ensured that despite market reverses over the past couple of years the BlackBerry brand received a share of media attention disproportionate to market share.

With headcount reductions and exits over the past months, BlackBerry India is now down to a handful of people. With an interim India head even as the company is in the midst of an extremely difficult transformation into a software and services company focused around security and enterprise mobility management, and with another senior exit, the writing is on the wall: BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have to move quickly to ensure that the Indian enterprise market remains confident in the abilities of the Canadian company to execute in India.

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