BlackBerry announces more layoffs in latest round of cuts

BlackBerry announced more layoffs Monday but did not specify just how many jobs are being eliminated or where.

Kara Yi, a spokeswoman for BlackBerry said in a statement:

“As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,”

“As a result, some employees have been impacted. We know that our employees have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions,”

“Our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business,”.

After the company’s annual meeting of shareholders last month, chief executive officer John Chen said he was at the halfway point in his turnaround plan for the company.

He was asked if he could guarantee there would be no further layoffs at BlackBerry’s Canadian operations. Chen said he could not guarantee that.

Last year, the company said it employed about 2,700 people in Waterloo Region, down from a high of 11,000 in 2011. Since then, it has hired in sales, marketing and engineering, but it has also shed some jobs.

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