BlackBerry appoints former HTC head to lead devices business

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Ron Louks will focus on the company’s long-term plans in hardware, software and design, reporting to CEO John Chen

BlackBerry has appointed a former HTC employee to head its devices business.

In the newly created role, Ron Louks will focus on the company’s long-term plans in hardware, software and design, reporting to CEO John Chen.

Louks worked for Sony Ericsson (now Sony) as chief technology officer between April 2009 and July 2010 before joining HTC as chief strategy officer in July 2010.

He joined software company the OpenNMS Group in January 2012, becoming CEO in August 2013.

Chen said: “Ron will focus on BlackBerry’s long-term product roadmap, including hardware, software and design, as well as the company’s joint development efforts.

“I am confident that Ron will bring the skills and expertise that will make an immediate impact to Blackberry and to our customers around the world.”

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