BlackBerry Executive Team

John Giamatteo John Giamatteo

Chief Executive Officer

John Giamatteo is BlackBerry’s Chief Executive Officer and President of its Cybersecurity division. John brings to BlackBerry over 30 years of experience in P&L, go-to-market, marketing, customer relationships, and customer success with global high technology companies.  He came to BlackBerry from McAfee where he was President and Chief Revenue Officer for over six years.  Prior to that John served as Chief Operating Officer at AVG Technologies, a leading provider of internet and mobile security. He also held leadership positions with Solera, RealNetworks and Nortel Networks.

John holds an MBA and Bachelor of Accounting from St. John’s University in New York.





Jennifer Armstrong-Owen

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Jennifer Armstrong-Owen is BlackBerry’s SVP and Chief People Officer. In this role, she is responsible for BlackBerry’s people strategy and operations in support of its business and team members around the globe. Jennifer brings over 30 years of progressive experience in the HR field and has spent the last fourteen years serving as the people leader for multiple public and private technology companies. These companies include OfferUp, SeekOut, Chef Software, Impinj, Corbis, and RealNetworks. 

Jennifer holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from The Evergreen State College. Additionally, she sits on the board of a non-profit organization focused on providing transitional housing for homeless families in the Seattle area.





Marjorie Dickman

Chief Government Affairs and Public Policy Officer 

Marjorie Dickman is Chief Government Affairs and Public Policy Officer for BlackBerry. In this role, Marjorie is responsible for strategic oversight of the company’s global government relations, regulatory affairs, and public policy operations. Additionally, she oversees the company’s participation in technical standards organizations worldwide. 

Marjorie has over 25 years of government relations, regulatory affairs, and public policy experience in the technology sector. She joined BlackBerry following a 16-year career with Intel Corporation, where she most recently served as Global Director and Associate General Counsel for IoT and Automated Driving Policy, managing a global team across the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan. Prior to Intel, Marjorie practiced law with a prominent Washington, D.C. firm.

Marjorie serves on the Boards of the Consumer Technology Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Technology Engagement Center, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Eno Center for Transportation. She holds a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. cum laude in Public Policy from Duke University.  And she is deeply dedicated to mentoring others to achieve their career goals.  

Marjorie’s distinctions include “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech” (National Diversity Council), “Tech Titan” (Washingtonian), and “Top Lobbyist” (The Hill).



John Dimitropoulos

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy and Business Development

John Dimitropoulos (JD) is BlackBerry’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy and Business Development.  He brings over 30 years of extensive international experience in the telecoms, media, and technology sectors. Over the course of his career, JD has been involved with and led many international acquisitions and divestments in Europe, Asia, and the United States for various US-based tech companies.

JD’s recent stints include assisting internet security giant McAfee in the United States with both Corporate Development and Sales Channel optimization.  He has also acted as a Corporate Advisor to South Korea’s SK Telecom’s group’s CEO within Southeast Asia. 

Additionally, JD spent 12 years consulting with Real Networks, a Seattle-based company, where he was responsible for assisting in the development of the long-term strategy for its Mobile Entertainment division, as well as driving M&A activity for the company.

Prior to this, JD had two stints with Nortel Networks, one in the early '90s in London as well as New York and one in the mid-‘00’s in Seoul, South Korea.

JD holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Comp Science) and is currently undertaking his GAICD accreditation.




Mattias Eriksson

President, BlackBerry IoT

Mattias Eriksson is President and General Manager of BlackBerry’s IOT Business Unit. The business unit consists of BlackBerry Technology Solutions or BTS (BlackBerry® QNX®, BlackBerry Certicom®, BlackBerry Radar® and BlackBerry Jarvis™) and BlackBerry IVY™. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Mattias spent 10 years with HERE Technologies in various leadership roles, including SVP of the core location data business group and SVP of product. Mattias brings over two decades of experience in automotive location data services, mobile communications and embedded software to BlackBerry.

Mattias started his career in management consulting for Arthur D. Little and then spent 15 years in APAC working in a variety of management roles across Sales-, Business Development and Product Management for Nokia, Motorola, and Siemens.

Mattias holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund Institute of Technology, a B.Sc. in Marketing and Economics from Lund University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.




Jesse Harold

Chief Information Officer

Jesse Harold is the Chief Information Officer at BlackBerry. In this role, Jesse is responsible for technology operations of the company’s Cybersecurity and IoT SaaS portfolio, IT services, and Cloud and business transformation enablement.

Jesse joined BlackBerry’s Core Network Engineering team in 2008. His career with the Company has seen him progress rapidly through various roles to Vice President, where he helped to transform IT into a truly enterprise function, and now CIO. Jesse’s academic background includes an Executive MBA from Queen’s University, an Advanced Diploma in Telecommunications Technology from Sheridan College, and CISM and CRISC credentials.





Phil Kurtz

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Phil Kurtz is BlackBerry’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary with responsibility for the company’s worldwide legal affairs, including commercial contracting, litigation, regulatory and privacy compliance, risk management and strategic transactions.

Phil joined the company over 12 years ago as M&A Commercial Counsel, progressed to Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, and Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary before his promotion to Chief Legal Officer. Phil holds a BA Philosophy from Huron University and LLB/MBA in Law & Business (Finance) from University of Toronto.

Phil holds LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and a BA from The University of Western Ontario.  In 2012, Phil was a recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award from the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.




Steve Rai

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rai is responsible for oversight of global internal and external financial reporting and compliance, financial strategy and management, business unit support, investor relations, and equity administration. Steve also oversees BlackBerry’s Intellectual Property and Licensing operations and is responsible for the Company’s Environmental, Social and Governance corporate reporting and compliance. Previously, Steve was Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and prior to that was Vice President and Corporate Controller for BlackBerry. In these roles he was responsible for overseeing various aspects of the CFO Organization, including financial reporting and compliance, non-field financial operations including corporate financial planning & analysis, treasury, procurement, facilities, insurance and equity administration.

Steve brings more than 25 years of progressive experience in financial management, business advisory and assurance services to U.S. and Canadian public companies, ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations.

Before joining BlackBerry, Steve was Corporate Controller for PMC-Sierra. He previously held senior management positions with TSX Venture Exchange and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. 

Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an accounting and finance major from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is a Certified Public Accountant through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Illinois (USA) and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants in British Columbia, Canada.



Arvind Raman

Chief Information Security Officer


Arvind Raman is a Senior Vice President and BlackBerry’s Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, he leads all aspects of our information security, product security & GRC program globally, focusing on effective management of cybersecurity risks, policies and procedures.

Arvind brings over 20 years of information security, technology, R&D experience and leadership to BlackBerry.  Arvind’s previous experience include serving as the Global CISO at Mitel, Global Head Information Security for Scotia Bank and Director of Cyber & Data Security for CIBC.

Arvind holds a Bachelors in Electronics and Communications Engineering from India, Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Temple University, Philadelphia. He also holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.