BlackBerry, the onetime smartphone leader, may be transforming itself in the global markets, but its operations in India have come to a near-halt with its staff count reduced to less than a fourth over the past year.
The Canadian handset maker had about 70 people in India in 2014 and is now down to about 15, with most of its senior management having quit, according to people aware of the developments. BlackBerry's head of India operations, Sunil Lalvani, put in his papers in June and went on to take charge of Qualcomm's India unit. In the interim, Matthew Tonkin, vice-president, carrier sales and distribution, APAC, is taking care of the India operations.
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