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Canada : KLEIDERMACHER appointed as chief security officer to bolster mobile security by BlackBerry.

Blackberry (TSE:BB) has selected David Kleidermacher as its chief security officer strengthening the Canadian smartphone-maker s aimed on developing mobile security technology.

David Kleidermacher will supervise development of security features for Blackberry devices mobile device security software and other products in addition to spearhead research and development intended at preventing security breaches at a time when enterprise employees more and more access and transmit data over their smartphones the Waterloo Ontario-based company said in a statement.

Kleidermacher was earlier chief technology officer at embedded software maker Green Hills Software where he spent above two decades. Green Hills' technologies power systems as diverse as medical devices and aircraft made by the likes of Boeing Airbus Group NV and Lockheed Martin.

It is in addition Blackberry s second high-profile hire since October. That is when Travis Angle joined from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to head development of companion products.

Blackberry chief executive officer John Chen said in the statement, "David's knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy".

Chen in late 2013 who took the gearstick at Blackberry when the company was in dire straits has spent the past year stabilizing the smartphone industry pioneer. He is at present attempting to reshape the company's aim and make it profitable again.

Kleidermacher's Internet Of Things expertise will in addition spread out Blackberry's involvement in the connected devices ecosystem. Blackberry's present Internet Of Things platform fits into its enterprise focus boasting a scalable messaging system for instantaneous data indexing and storage. The company's QNX software platform targets connected embedded systems mainly for the automotive industry.

The appointment comes after Blackberry reported a 34 % decline in revenue from the prior quarter to C793 million in its fiscal third quarter that ended November 29 and a loss of C148 million.

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Date:Feb 12, 2015
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