Ex-BlackBerry exec finds home at SAP

Two months after leaving BlackBerry as executive VP of global sales, Rick Costanzo has found a new home.
SAP AG said Tuesday it has hired Costanzo to be vice-president and general manager of global mobility solutions.
After leaving BlackBerry he was a member of the advisory board of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, which stages the annual Mobile World Congress in that city.
At SAP he’ll head field sales, enablement and solutions management for SAP mobile products, reporting to Steve Lucas, president of the platform solutions group.

“Rick’s extensive experience in the enterprise mobility market, combined with SAP’s enterprise mobile solutions portfolio, will help our customers embrace a ‘mobile first’ mindset to accelerate their business,” Lucas said in a statement. “We are confident that under Rick’s leadership, SAP will continue to lead and drive continued innovation in the enterprise mobile market.”
SAP noted that Constanzo, a University of Toronto grad who is a patent holder, has held senior management roles including network services, operations, marketing and sales at both BlackBerry and AT&T.

Last December BlackBerry [TSX: BB] snapped up John Sims, president of SAP’s [NYSE: SAP] mobile service business to be its chief of global enterprise services business.

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