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BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders Now VP of QNX Cloud

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Alec Saunders

Alec Saunders, the incredibly outspoken VP of Developer Relations, is now the VP of QNX Cloud. This is interesting for a few reasons:

1) The new CEO John Chen is shifting the company’s efforts over to the enterprise, and perhaps Developer Relations isn’t as important now.

2) QNX has been making the most news these days, especially at CES, and is arguably the strongest company in the “BlackBerry Portfolio”.

3) Recently, BlackBerry released OS 10.2.1, which gives users the ability to install Android .apk files directly onto a BlackBerry 10 phone. Perhaps this means Android is the consumer app play moving forward.

There’s definitely a culture shift happening at BlackBerry and it’s happening fast. BlackBerry as a “portfolio of companies” is going to become increasingly evident as employees move between BES, BBM, and QNX.

Read Alec’s blog on the specific reasons as to why he is now with QNX Cloud.

Mike Kirkup, Director of Developer Relations, Resigns From RIM

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Mike Kirkup, Director of Developer Relations, has resigned from RIM. According to his personal blog, he’ll be taking some time to step back and consider his next steps. It should be interesting to see where he goes next. We have seen a few senior employees at RIM leave to start their own businesses, and if Kirkup did the same it would be pretty awesome. More after the jump, including our nomination to replace Kirkup.
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