Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has appointed Narendra Nayak as the MD of India operations, reports VCCircle. Nayak replaced Sunil Lalvani who quit the organisation in June, and will be responsible for BlackBerry’s software and services business in India, through channels like direct enterprise customers, network operators etc, and BlackBerry’s ecosystem of indirect channels like value-added reseller, systems integrator and reseller partners.
Carl Wiese , BlackBerry’s global president for sales said that BlackBerry is looking to transform its business from smartphone sales to enterprise software, focused on cross platform mobile security and productivity, the report added.
Nayak joins BlackBerry from LinguaNext Technologies where he was the EVP for 1.5 years, before which he worked as the director of India sales at CSC India for over 3.5 years. Prior to that, he has worked as the VP of sales in IBM India for about 2 years, VP of solutions and marketing in the same company for over 2.5 years, as director of companion products for less than a year, director of sales and marketing for 7 years and country sales manager for 4.5 years at Motorola. Before that, he has worked with Digital Equipment India, Pertech Computers and BPL India in various positions for over 11 years.
Foray into virtual SIM solutions
In May, the company was in discussions with the regulatory authorities and telecom operators in India to launch a virtual SIM solution by the end of this year. The solution would let users use as many as nine mobile numbers through a single SIM card. Blackberry had acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators, for an undisclosed amount in September last year.
Healthcare services platform
In June last year, Blackberry was planning to launch a health care services platform in India, which would allow integration of medical devices aiding early detection of illnesses. It was running trials with multiple hospitals at that time. Last year, Blackberry bought a minority stake in the privately-held healthcare IT firm NantHealth. NantHealth’s cloud-based clinical operating system was compatible with any device and/or electronic healthcare records.
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