Year Joined

  • 1997

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology 
  • Business 


  • John S. Chen provides opening remarks for BlackBerry’s Security Summit

    October 06, 2020  |  Tech Republic

  • John S. Chen outlines the security needs in digital economy

    July 20, 2019  |  Financial Post

  • John S. Chen ‘s Blackberry is embedding QNX technology in more than 120 million road vehicles

    June 06, 2018  |  Nasdaq

  • John S. Chen discusses impact on Auto industry of potential U.S.-China trade war

    June 25, 2018  |

  • John S. Chen discusses Blackberry’s phone security and latest innovations

    March 03, 2017  |  CBS News

  • John S. Chen successfully turns around Blackberry

    April 04, 2017  |  Bloomberg

  • John S. Chen on how travel ban will impact trade

    February 06, 2017  |  N4BB

  • John S. Chen ’s Blackberry launches cloud-based platform for app developers

    February 07, 2017  |  The Star

  • John S. Chen on how Immigration Ban will affect U.S. Trade

    January 30, 2017  |  Bloomberg

  • John S. Chen on Blackberry supporting next generation of technology: smart cars

    January 30, 2017  |  Tech News World

  • John S. Chen collaborates with Giuliani Partners to combat cyber threats

    February 01, 2017  |  American Security

  • John S. Chen ’s Blackberry to release final keyboard phone on February 25 in Barcelona

    January 25, 2017  |  Financial Post

  • John S. Chen beats Steve Jobs by “Doing the Impossible” of successful turnaround from hardware to software company

    January 26, 2017  |  IT Business Edge

  • John S. Chen speaks at ‘Self-Driving Cars: New Rules of the Road’ Panel

    January 04, 2017  |  Berry Reporter

  • John S. Chen , Blackberry CEO and field expert, along with Bloomberg combats cyber-attacks

    January 05, 2017  |  Bloomberg

  • John S. Chen confirms Mercury smartphone will be last device designed by Blackberry

    January 06, 2017  |  Mashable

  • John S. Chen licenses phone to Chinese manufacturer

    December 17, 2016  |  Taipei Times

  • John S. Chen announces Blackberry driverless car research center in Canada

    December 19, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal

  • John S. Chen ’s Blackberry “No Longer in Turn-Around” as Transition Succeeds

    December 21, 2016  |  Tech Vibes

  • John S. Chen discusses Blackberry’s last keyboard phone

    December 05, 2016  |  Yahoo News

  • John S. Chen announces Blackberry’s upgrade to mobile security software

    December 08, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal

  • John S. Chen confirms new Blackberry device with the iconic keyboard is coming soon

    November 15, 2016  |  Netease

  • John S. Chen confirms new Blackberry device with the iconic keyboard is coming soon

    November 14, 2016  |  Business Times

  • John S. Chen comments on Trump’s immigration policy and its effect on Silicon Valley

    November 18, 2016  |  Netease

  • John S. Chen on Blackberry helping Ford test drive smart cars

    December 01, 2016  |  Investopedia

  • John S. Chen interviewed at Techonomy Conference on Trump Presidency, and what it means for Silicon Valley and U.S.-China relations

    November 10, 2016  |  Bloomberg

  • John S. Chen , CEO of Blackberry, signs software deal with Ford

    November 01, 2016  |  CNBC

  • John S. Chen comments on Blackberry’s expansion of security software with Ford Motor Company

    November 02, 2016  |  ASEAN Today

  • John S. Chen comments on Blackberry closing software deal with Ford vehicles

    October 31, 2016  |  Financial Post

  • John S. Chen launches new Blackberry Device and discusses company’s transition into software

    October 25, 2016  |  BNN News

  • John S. Chen discusses Blackberry’s decision to focus on software over hardware

    September 28, 2016  |  Bloomberg

  • John S. Chen outlines the future of BlackBerry devices as the company shifts its focus to software

    October 03, 2016  |  Digital Journal

  • John S. Chen interviewed on the future of Blackberry

    September 26, 2016  |  BerryReporter

  • John S. Chen ’s Blackberry chosen by US Capitol for Crisis Communications

    August 04, 2016  |  Everything PR

  • John S. Chen : Blackberry software selected for U.S. Senate crisis communications on Capitol Hill

    July 19, 2016  |  Crackberry

  • John S. Chen speaks at Blackberry Security Summit

    July 20, 2016  |  Channel Life

  • John S. Chen discusses BlackBerry’s turnaround from smartphone company into mobile security business

    June 24, 2016  |  Value Walk

  • John S. Chen , Blackberry, advised on the keys to being an effective turnaround CEO “The Keys to Executing a Turnaround the Right Way”

    October 27, 2014  |  LinkedIn Pulse

  • John S. Chen BlackBerry, named 2nd Best CEO of 2014

    December 24, 2014  |  CNN


John S. Chen Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry




John Chen was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors on November 4, 2013.

John is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc., where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability.

John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp.

John is actively involved in international relations. He has testified before Congress on U.S.-China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, John chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, John has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and holds a master’s in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. John has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University, and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

John serves on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is also active in the not-for-profit community, and is also a trustee of Caltech, board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.


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