BlackBerry has appointed Richard Lynch and Bert Nordberg to its board of directors, the company said Thursday. In a release, BlackBerry said Lynch previously held the position of executive vice-president of Verizon Communications Inc. and Nordberg is the former CEO of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. It said Lynch has many years of experience in the telecommunications industry and was inducted into the Wireless History Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He is also chairman on the board of TranSwitch Corp. and a board member of Ruckus Wireless, the release said. Nordberg is also chairman of Vestas Wind Systems in Denmark and director on the board of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget in Sweden, the release said. "We are very pleased to add the talent and industry knowledge of these two respected executives to our Board,” Barbara Stymiest, BlackBerry’s board chair, said in the release. “We are looking forward to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term shareholder value and seek opportunities to leverage the extraordinary BlackBerry 10 platform launched last week."