Dr.Sandeep Chennakeshu has been appointed to lead the BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS), a new business unit within Blackberry, the maker of the Blackberry devices and a leading player in the mobile communications space with offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. According to Blackberry, the new unit comprises BlackBerry’s innovative technology assets, including: QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom (cryptography applications), and Paratek (RF antenna tuning) and BlackBerry’s extensive patent portfolio.
Dr.Sandeep’s prior experience spans key roles in various technology companies, where he led and undertook extensive work in research, product development, IP creation/licensing and general management in the wireless, electronics and semiconductor industry for over 25 years. Dr. Sandeep was previously the President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and also the CTO of Sony Ericsson, said Blackberry. Blackberry added that Dr.Sandeep is named inventor on 73 patents and is also a Fellow of the IEEE.
“I am very pleased that Sandeep has joined BlackBerry to lead BTS. QNX, Certicom and Paratek are strategic and technically innovative assets with significant potential to address the much wider global markets for secure, reliable communications and embedded applications. Project Ion creates an application platform that enables secure and collaborative machine-to-machine communication required by the growing number of end-to-end, Internet of Things applications. Our broad global portfolio of 44,000 patents is of value to several industry segments. Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy.”
– John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, Blackberry