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BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Chen

64 2013 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Eacobacci

49 2020 President

Steve Rai

Chief Financial Officer

Nita White-Ivy

72 2014 Executive Vice President - Human Resources

Sai Yuen Ho

2019 Executive Vice President - BlackBerry Spark Group Products and Value Added Solutions

Mark Wilson

2018 Chief Marketing Officer

May Mitchell

2020 Vice President, Global Channel Sales and Field Marketing

Steven Capelli

2019 Chief Revenue Officer

Marjorie Dickman

2020 Chief Government Affairs and Public Policy Officer

Randall Cook

2018 Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

V. Prem Watsa

69 2013 Lead Independent Director

Laurie Alsup

66 2015 Independent Director

Michael Daniels

74 2014 Independent Director

Timothy Dattels

61 2012 Independent Director

Lisa Disbrow

57 2019 Independent Director

Richard Lynch

71 2013 Independent Director

Barbara Stymiest

63 2013 Independent Director

Wayne Wouters

69 2015 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Chen

Mr. John S. Chen serves as Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chen was the Chief Executive Officer of Sybase Inc. from 1998 to 2012 and the Chairman of Sybase from 1998 to 2010. Prior to Sybase, Mr. Chen held executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp. and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp. Mr. Chen has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Mr. Chen holds several honorary degrees and has received awards and honors for his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations. Mr. Chen was appointed to serve on the President’s Export Council in 2005 and was appointed as co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee in 2006. He has also chaired the U.S-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Chen is a trustee of Caltech and has also served as a Special Advisor to Silver Lake, a private investment firm

Thomas Eacobacci

Mr. Thomas Eacobacci has been appointed as President of the Company effective 6/15/2020. Eacobacci brings to BlackBerry 20 years of customer-facing and go-to-market leadership expertise from his successful career with Citrix, where most recently he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas. Throughout his tenure with Citrix, Eacobacci has held global leadership roles across sales, services, customer success, and sales operations. Prior to joining Citrix, he spent seven years with Accenture managing and designing application systems and processes for various large international clients.

Steve Rai

Mr. Steve Rai CPA serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. As Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rai is responsible for oversight of global internal and external financial reporting and compliance, financial strategy and management, business unit support, investor relations, and equity administration. Previously, Steve was Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and prior to that was Vice President and Corporate Controller for BlackBerry. In these roles he was responsible for overseeing various aspects of the CFO Organization, including financial reporting and compliance, non-field financial operations including corporate financial planning & analysis, treasury, procurement, facilities, insurance and equity administration. Steve brings more than 25 years of progressive experience in financial management, business advisory and assurance services to U.S. and Canadian public companies, ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations. Before joining BlackBerry, Steve was Corporate Controller for PMC-Sierra. He previously held senior management positions with TSX Venture Exchange and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an accounting and finance major from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is a Certified Public Accountant through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Illinois (USA) and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants in British Columbia, Canada.

Nita White-Ivy

Ms. Nita White-Ivy serves as Executive Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. Nita is responsible for leading the HR team to design and deliver global programs, initiatives, partnerships, solutions and services in all facets of HR to support the achievement of the company’s operational goals and strategic objectives. Before joining BlackBerry, Nita served as Chief People Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer for SAP Cloud and SuccessFactors. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for Sybase, Inc., where she was responsible for providing and implementing high quality, state-of-the-art human resource and security services and programs for Sybase employees, management, executives and campuses worldwide. Nita has an MBA from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif., and has also completed several courses towards an MA in Counseling Psychology from the same institution. She earned her BS in Business Administration with finance and accounting major with honors.

Sai Yuen Ho

Mr. Sai Yuen Ho serves as Executive Vice President - BlackBerry Spark Group Products and Value Added Solutions of the Company. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Billy served as Senior Vice President of Product & Technology Operations at Sybase, Inc. where he was responsible for Sybase technology research, product development and customer support. He held many other leadership positions within Sybase, including General Manager of the OEM Business Unit, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the e-Business Division, and Vice President of the Product Development, Enterprise Solutions Division. He has also been a Director of Engineering at Unisys and Siemens. Billy earned a MS in Computer Science from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California and a BS in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Mark Wilson

Mr. Mark George Wilson serves as Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. As Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Wilson is responsible for delivering the BlackBerry message through thought leadership and other opportunities that promote the brand. He also leads communications and corporate events. Before joining BlackBerry, he was Chief Marketing Officer for Avaya, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Sybase, an SAP Company, leader of the strategy practice at KPMG Consulting’s Information, Communication and Entertainment Group, and a Marketing Manager for AT&T. Mark was named by BtoB Magazine as one of the Best Marketers from 2009-2011 and 2013. He was also named to the 2013 FierceCMO list of CMOs to watch. Mark holds an MBA and an MA in public policy studies from The University of Chicago. He received his BA from University of California at Santa Barbara.

May Mitchell

Steven Capelli

Mr. Steven M. Capelli serves as Chief Revenue Officer of the Company. Steve Capelli is the Chief Revenue Officer responsible for coordinating revenue generating processes and cross functional synergies to improve operational efficiency and drive revenue growth across BlackBerry. Steve is also responsible for our Licensing and Radar business units as well as sales compensation to support field operations. Previously, Steve was Chief Financial Officer responsible for all aspects of BlackBerry’s financial operations. Steve has 25 years of executive experience leading finance and operations organizations in the software and technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Steve was President of Worldwide Field Operations at Sybase with responsibility for more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Steve also led international operations at Sybase as General Manager with responsibility for sales, operations, finance, customer support, marketing and human resources. Prior to Sybase, Steve was Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Pyramid. Earlier in his career, he served in controllership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, Unisys Corporation and WR Grace and Company. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The College of New Jersey and an MBA in finance from Rutgers University. He currently serves on corporate boards with representation on audit, compensation and governance committees.

Marjorie Dickman

Ms. Marjorie Dickman J.D. serves as Chief Government Affairs and Public Policy Officer of the Company. Marjorie comes to BlackBerry with over 22 years of government relations, regulatory affairs, and public policy experience. She joins the company following a 16 year career with Intel Corporation, where she most recently served as Global Director and Associate General Counsel for IoT and Automated Driving Policy, managing a global team across the U.S., Europe , China and Japan . Prior to Intel, Marjorie practiced law with a prominent Washington, D.C. firm, advising clients on FCC regulatory matters. She holds a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. cum laude in Public Policy from Duke University. Marjorie serves on the Boards of the Consumer Technology Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Technology Engagement Center, and the Eno Center for Transportation.

Randall Cook

Mr. Randall Cook serves as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Randall Cook joined BlackBerry in August 2018 to assume oversight of the company’s worldwide legal affairs, including litigation, M&A, regulatory compliance, contracting and IP guardianship, as well as Global Corporate Security for BlackBerry Ltd. Randall has a wide range of expertise as an award-winning technology company general counsel, and a track record of success going back 25 years in public and private companies, private practice and U.S. Government service. Immediately prior to BlackBerry, he was General Counsel for software-maker Calypso Technology. That followed more than 13 years at Advent Software, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and where his legal department was recognized as a national Best Legal Department finalist by Corporate Counsel magazine and Best Legal Department for M&A among emerging companies by the Recorder. Early in his career, Randall also held several positions with the U.S. Government, advising senior officials on technology, intellectual property and international trade issues, and serving on interagency committees. His roles included serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. where he was the lead prosecutor for intellectual property piracy and other cases. He also served as Special Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as an attorney in the Executive Office of the President at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

V. Prem Watsa

Mr. V. Prem Watsa serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. hairman and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) since 1985. Mr. Watsa is also the Chairman of the boards of directors of Fairfax India Holdings Corporation and Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation, Fairfax’s publicly-traded subsidiaries. He is also Vice Chairman of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, a subsidiary of Fairfax. Prior to joining Fairfax, he held various positions with Confederation Life Insurance Company and GW Asset Management. In addition to the public boards indicated below, Mr. Watsa is a member of the board of trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of Business, a member of the board of directors of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, and Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto.

Laurie Alsup

Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup M.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup, 66, has served as a director of the Company since June 2015. She has a BA from Fordham College and an MD from Yale University, where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology. Since March 2016, Dr. Smaldone Alsup has been Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer of NDA Group AB, a leading drug development consulting company (which merged with PharmApprove, where Dr. Smaldone Alsup had been President and Chief Scientific Officer since August 2011). She was previously Chief Executive Officer of Phytomedics Inc., prior to which she held clinical and regulatory leadership roles at Bristol Myers Squibb, including Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Science and Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Risk Management. Dr. Smaldone Alsup serves as a director of Theravance Biopharma, Inc. and Arvinas, Inc. and previously served as a director of Kalobios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She has also served with numerous professional and charitable organizations including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Conference Board Strategic Risk Management Council and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.

Michael Daniels

Mr. Michael A. Daniels is an Independent Director of BlackBerry Limited. Mr. Daniels has served as a director of the Company since October 2014. Mr. Daniels currently serves on the board of directors of Mercury Systems, Inc. and CACI International Inc. and as Chairman of Two Six Labs, LLC. Mr. Daniels also currently serves as a director of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He also leads the National Advisory Board of the American Enterprise Institute Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. Mr. Daniels previously held various senior management positions at Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”) from 1986 to 2004. While at SAIC, Mr. Daniels identified and acquired Network Solutions, Inc. and served as Chairman from 1995 until 2000 when the company was acquired by VeriSign, Inc. Mr. Daniels was Chairman and CEO of Mobile 365, Inc. from 2005 until the sale of the company to Sybase Inc. in 2006. He then served as a director of Sybase from 2007 to 2010. He has also served as Chairman of GlobalLogic Inc., Invincea, Inc. and the Logistics Management Institute, and as a director of VeriSign, Inc., Apogen Technologies, Inc. and Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Timothy Dattels

Mr. Timothy Dattels serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Dattels, 61, has served as a director of the Company since July 2012. Mr. Dattels serves as the Managing Partner for TPG Asia based in Hong Kong and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2004, Mr. Dattels served as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he advised several of Asia’s leading entrepreneurs and governments as head of Investment Banking for all Asian countries outside of Japan from 1996 to 2000. In addition, he served on the firm’s Management Committee in Asia. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, with Honors, from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Dattels serves or has served on the boards of directors of Parkway Holdings, Shangri-La Asia Ltd., Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd., Primedia, Inc., SFJazz, the Jackson Laboratory, and is a member of Northstar Equity Partners’ investment committee.

Lisa Disbrow

Ms. Lisa S. Disbrow is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Disbrow, 57, has served as a director of the Company since August 2019. Ms. Disbrow currently serves on the board of directors of Mercury Systems, Inc. and Perspecta Inc. She was the Senate-confirmed Under Secretary of the United States Air Force from January 2015 to June 2017 and served as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force from January 2017 to May 2017. Ms. Disbrow has a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from The George Washington University. She was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1985 and served on active duty until 1992, working primarily in intelligence and operational planning. After Operation Desert Storm, she transitioned to the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a colonel in 2008. Over the course of her federal civilian career, she held key positions on the National Security Council staff, on the Joint Staff and at the National Reconnaissance Office.

Richard Lynch

Mr. Richard J. Lynch serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lynch, 71, has served as a director of the Company since February 2013. Mr. Lynch has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts) and post-graduate executive education from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Since September 2011, Mr. Lynch has been President of FB Associates, LLC, which provides advisory and consulting services at the intersection of technology, marketing and business operations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lynch served as Executive Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. He is a Life Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and currently serves as Chairman of Ribbon Communications and as a director of VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., iconectiv and Cohere Technologies, Inc. Mr. Lynch was a director of Ruckus Wireless Inc. from 2012 to 2016 and has also served on a number of professional organizations including the GSM Association, the CDMA Development Group, the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee and the Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council. Mr. Lynch has been honored with the President’s Award by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association and has also been inducted into the Wireless History Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Barbara Stymiest

Ms. Barbara G. Stymiest CPA serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Stymiest, 63, has served as a director of the Company since March 2007 and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee since November 2013. Ms. Stymiest was Chair of the Company from January 2012 until November 2013. She has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and an FCA, FCPA from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Ms. Stymiest is currently a corporate director. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Stymiest was a member of the Group Executive of the Royal Bank of Canada which is responsible for the Bank’s overall strategic direction. Prior to that, she held positions as Chief Executive Officer at TMX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at BMO Capital Markets and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Stymiest currently serves as a director of George Weston Limited, Sun Life Financial Inc. and the University Health Network, and as Chair of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Wayne Wouters

The Hon. Wayne Gordon Wouters serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Wouters has an honours bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University. He has been a Strategic and Policy Advisor to McCarthy Tétrault LLP since April 2015 and is also a director of Champion Iron Limited and Dexterra, and a member of the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and, in that capacity, held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service. Prior to his tenure as Clerk, Mr. Wouters was Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and served in depu ty ministerial and other senior positions in the Canadian public service. Mr. Wouters has received numerous awards, including Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the André Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement from the United Way Canada. He was inducted by the Prime Minister as a member of the Privy Council in 2014 and was invested into the Order of Canada as a member in 2017.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

John Chen

3,014,000

Thomas Eacobacci

--

Steve Rai

1,483,370

Nita White-Ivy

1,202,060

Sai Yuen Ho

1,448,640

Mark Wilson

--

May Mitchell

--

Steven Capelli

5,019,410

Marjorie Dickman

--

Randall Cook

1,087,130

V. Prem Watsa

218,769

Laurie Alsup

203,681

Michael Daniels

203,681

Timothy Dattels

203,681

Lisa Disbrow

218,381

Richard Lynch

203,681

Barbara Stymiest

222,541

Wayne Wouters

203,681
As Of  29 Feb 2020

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