It's not clear why the two execs left, but BlackBerry reportedly asked them both to stay and tried to find ways to keep them onboard

BlackBerry hasn't had the easiest year so far, and it doesn't look like things are getting any easier -- the company just lost two top executives. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, T.A. McCann, vice president of all social networks at BlackBerry, and Marc Gingras, founder of social-calendar company (which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2011), both left the company in recent weeks. 

Both executives held very important roles at BlackBerry. McCann developed and managed social apps for BlackBerry such as Twitter, Facebook and even BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

Gingras, on the other hand, was in charge of the calendar, contacts and BlackBerry Hub for messaging. 

It's not clear why the two execs left, but BlackBerry reportedly asked them both to stay and tried to find ways to keep them onboard. 

McCann and Gingras aren't the first executives to walk this year. Richard Piasentin, BlackBerry's vice president for sales in the U.S., was terminated just last month.

On top of that, BlackBerry recently said it will make more cuts across middle management in the sales and support departments as part of its restructuring process. 

BlackBerry released its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system earlier this year in hopes of turning things around for the sinking company, but its major device releases -- such as the Z10 and Q10 -- haven't exploded in popularity like the company had hoped. 

For Q2 2013, BlackBerry posted a loss of $84 million USD ($0.13 per share) while analysts at Thomson Reuters expected a profit of about $39 million USD ($0.06 per share). BlackBerry also disappointed when it came to revenue with $3.1 billion USD (analysts expected $3.4 billion USD).
To make matters worse, BlackBerry only sold 2.7 million BB10 devices during the quarter, when analysts expected over 3.5 million. 

At the company's annual shareholders meeting earlier this week, investors wanted answers as to why BB10 hasn't taken off. One even called the Z10 launch a "disaster," but BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said it was the fault of carriers who only promote sales of top guns like the iPhone and Android-powered Samsung Galaxy phones. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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