Hyderabad: Smartphone maker BlackBerry, which was overtaken by Apple Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2012 in the Indian smartphone market has appointed Sunil Lalvani as the managing director of its India operations, replacing Sunil Dutt who resigned within weeks of the launch of the company’s latest model Z10. Samsung is the leader in the Indian smartphone market by share of revenue and Apple is second.

Lalvani, who has been with BlackBerry since 2009, was heading enterprise sales in India. He will now oversee and drive BlackBerry’s business strategy and growth in India.

“BlackBerry is driving the adoption of its next generation of mobile computing platform with BlackBerry 10, and India is a key market for growth of the powerful platform," Lalvani said in a statement on Thursday.

Before joining BlackBerry, Lalvani had worked at various senior positions at Cisco, Nokia, SITA-Equant and Global Telesystems in networking and telecom sales to enterprise customers in India.