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Beleaguered BlackBerry dumps 3 senior VPs as Q2 results edge closer

BlackBerry has unloaded three senior vice presidents as part of its ongoing restructuring programme, while it fights to maintain a meaningful presence in the smartphone market.

The company made 250 staff redundant from its new product testing facility in Waterloo, Ontario just two weeks ago.

And now CBC News reports that Doug Kozak, vice president for corporate information, technology operations; Carmine Arabia, senior vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain; and Graeme Whittington, vice president for service operations, have gone.

BlackBerry told CBC News, "We are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organisation, from top to bottom, to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing."

Also, last month, the company said David Smith, executive vice president of mobile computing, had resigned "for personal reasons." Smith was in charge of BlackBerry's much maligned and phased-out PlayBook tablet.

In 2012, BlackBerry announced it would be axing around 5,000 jobs as part of its restructuring plan.

BlackBerry's latest smartphone offering, the Q5, did not exactly receive glowing feedback in our review. It is expected to be shipped later this month.

The company's second quarter results will be posted in September, and BlackBerry watchers will be keen to see if the Q10 smartphone has made any impression on the market, particularly in the corporate sector, where physical keyboards are popular.

Earlier this week, images purportedly showing off the forthcoming BlackBerry Z30 smartphone were leaked.