BlackBerry Charts New Course by Officially Adopting Its Iconic Brand Name
Announces Election Results for the Company's Board of Directors
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(July 10, 2013) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) announced today that the Company's shareholders have approved a special resolution to change the Company's name from Research In Motion Limited to BlackBerry Limited at the Company's annual and special meeting of shareholders held on July 9, 2013 (the "Meeting"). Articles of Amendment have been filed to effect the change immediately.
The Company first announced that it would adopt the name of its revolutionary BlackBerry smartphone on January 30, 2013. The move consolidates the Company's brand into a single cohesive global presence. The Company has been trading as "BBRY" on the NASDAQ Stock Market and "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange since February 4, 2013.
"The name change to BlackBerry from Research In Motion comes at a pivotal moment in our company's history," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "BlackBerry changed the world when the first products were introduced in 1999. Today, we are charting a new course in mobile computing, creating new products and services under an integrated, branded organization. Our new name delivers on our iconic brand's reputation for keeping people moving and productive in an ever connected world."
BlackBerry also announced that the nine nominees listed in the Company's management information circular, dated May 21, 2013 for the Meeting, were elected as directors to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders of the Company or until their successors are elected or appointed. The detailed results of the vote are set out below.
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A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.
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