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BlackBerry on Friday announced that its India's managing director Sunil Dutt has resigned and Rick Costanzo, executive vice president of Global Sales, will be taking over his position. The resignation is to take effect, immediately and Blackberry spokesperson has reportedly informed that the search for a new sales lead will commence as soon as possible.
Varghese Thomas, corporate communications director at BlackBerry India, told Times Of India " "Sunil Dutt has left his position as managing director, BlackBerry India, with immediate effect. We wish Sunil well for the future. India is an extremely important market for BlackBerry and our aim is to continue to build on our recent momentum with the launch of BlackBerry 10,"
Sunil Dutt has been in the Indian mobile technology and telecom industry for over 27 years. He joined the Canadian company in 2011.
Blackberry has struggled to get a grip on the Indian Market, as cheaper Android smartphones seem to offer better features compared to their handsets. The resignation, however, comes in a critical time, as their new smartphone Z10 powered by blackberry 10 is fairing really well in the Indian Market. Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry said "I was surprised when we launched in India how well the Z10, which is a high-end device, sold,"
"We shipped into the channel product that we thought would have been good for at least five days and I got an emergency call from our manager in India, saying that they were sold out in two days." He adds.
There is no information, as to why Sunil resigned but it does seem surprising, considering the fact that the company's flagship smartphone is doing that well.