Samsung poaches BlackBerry's Rob Orr

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Samsung poaches BlackBerry's Rob Orr

Samsung has poached former BlackBerry UK head Rob Orr as its vice-president for b2b in its European telecommunications operations business.

Orr, who resigned with immediate effect from BlackBerry earlier this month, will be in charge of maintaining relationships with operators across 42 countries. He will work closely with European b2b vice-president Andrew Mills and the current ETO vice-president Jean-Daniel Ayme on developing its consumer offer.

Young Lee, president of ETO, said: 'As enterprises address the strategic imperative of mobilizing businesses processes and securing information assets, Samsung is uniquely able to offer a full range of secure, integrated and cost effective mobility solutions to accelerate the required business transformation.  With his track record at Blackberry, Rob will be pivotal in driving the development of Samsung’s B2B mobile business.'

Orr said: 'Samsung has been at the forefront of innovation, leading the global market to push the limits of technology. I am looking forward to joining Samsung at this exciting and important time in its next phase of growth.'

Orr worked at BlackBerry for the past seven years, with him appointed managing director of the manufacturer's UK and Ireland business just under a year ago. He formerly worked at BT and Vodafone. At BlackBerry, Orr led the manufacturer's launch of the BB10 operating system and new generation handsets, with the UK stealing a march on other regions in being one of the first countries to sell the devices.

Author: Graeme Neill

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