“Ex-Apple Inc. chief John Sculley says he likes new BlackBerry chief John Chen’s open letter but may eye the Canadian firm again if Chen’s turnaround plan fails,” UPI reports. “Chen, who joined the struggling smartphone maker as interim chief executive officer and executive chairman a month ago after talks to sell the company collapsed, did with his letter ‘exactly what strong leaders are expected to do in a crisis,’ Sculley told United Press International. ‘He sent a clear message to all BlackBerry stakeholders that he has a plan with enough detail to build confidence he knows what he is doing. I’m impressed,’ Sculley said.”
“Chen, who acknowledged in his Monday letter ‘BlackBerry is not for everyone,’ said the once-dominant innovative company in the smartphone market would return to its core business — corporate, government and other ‘enterprise’ customers,” UPI reports. “‘We’re going back to our heritage and roots — delivering enterprise-grade, end-to-end mobile solutions,’ he said in his letter, pointing out BlackBerry would serve enterprises whether their phones and operating systems were made by BlackBerry Ltd. or other companies.”
“Sculley told UPI in an interview he has a great deal of respect for Chen,” UPI reports. “‘I’m assuming that he will be successful’ in his plans to reposition BlackBerry, Sculley said. ‘But if for some reason things don’t work out, and the company is interested in having other people look at it, we would probably go back and revisit it,’ he said.”
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We bet Johnny can’t wait to make a bid for Commodore, either.
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