BlackBerry Ltd ( BBRY) ( BB) announced the appointment of Ron Louks as president of its Devices and Emerging Solutions unit today. He will report to the company's executive chairman and CEO John Chen. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer had been struggling to realize profits from its BlackBerry smartphones. During the third quarter, BlackBerry Ltd ( BBRY) ( BB) sold 4.3 million smartphones including only 1.1 million million Blackberry 10 units. A majority of the units sold were BlackBerry 7, which shows that its new platform failed to retain and attract new customers.