CEO John Chen stated BlackBerry will “serve customers who value advanced security.” The backbone of the company has always been its encrypted voice, text and messaging offering, which is trusted by governments around the world, now boasting over 70 government certifications and approvals.
Adding more layers to its already stacked executive team is the appointment of David Kleidermacher as Chief Security Officer. Kleidermacher is a 20-year exec in the security space and will oversee BlackBerry’s global security products, specifically “security-specific research and product development, and BlackBerry’s product certification and approval program.”
Chen stated, “David is an outstanding addition to our best-in-class security team, and he will help extend BlackBerry’s gold standard of security as we work with customers to meet new cybersecurity challenges. In particular, David’s knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy and continue to expand our management of the world’s mobile endpoints.”
Kleidermacher recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Green Hills Software, a company that developed real-time OS solutions for embedded systems.