Sunil Dutt has been appointed as the new Research In Motion (RIM) India MD, taking over from Frenny Bawa who had quit the company last month. He was previously serving at Hewlett-Packard India Sales Pvt. Ltd as President of the Personal Systems Group, and was responsible for expanding their business in enterprise, mid-market and consumer space. Prior to that, he also held roles such as being the Country Head at Samsung India Electronics, Sales Director at Nokia India Pvt Ltd, Regional General Manager at Whirlpool of India Ltd, and senior positions at Wipro Limited and Philips India. In his new role, Sunil Dutt will be responsible for driving RIM’s business’s growth in India.
While RIM has struggled with the sales of its Blackberry smartphones due to the presence of iPhone and Android smartphones in the North American countries, it had managed to garner a modest 15% market share by October 2011, in terms of shipments in the Indian smartphone market, according to IDC. However the company has been in continuous struggle with the Indian government regarding interception of BlackBerry services like BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Enterprise services. The issue seems to be finally reaching closure, following Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s announcement earlier this month, which stated that security agencies are now able to access the BlackBerry services through the interception and monitoring facilities provided by the telecom service provider. However, agencies have intimated that they haven’t been able to decrypt some of encrypted communications into a readable format.
The company had also recently released an enterprise solution called ‘BlackBerry Mobile Fusion‘,which allowed enterprise customers to manage mobile phones and tablets running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS from a single web-based console, indicating RIM’s intentions to retain its foothold in the enterprise security segment, in spite of losing out to devices running on other mobile operating systems which are continuously replacing its own devices in the corporate scene.