FORMER APPLE CEO John Sculley reportedly is considering making a bid for Canadian phone maker Blackberry, which could see him facing other bidders including Intel and Lenovo.
Sculley, who famously clashed with Steve Jobs, reportedly has considered putting in a bid for Blackberry since the firm put itself up for sale in August. That's according to Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, which has heard the news from sources familar with his plans.
Although Scully refused to comment on the rumour, he certaintly hinted that he was mulling a bid in a statement presented to the newspaper. He said, "I've been a long time Blackberry fan and user.
"The only thing I would say is, I think there's a lot of future value in Blackberry. But without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging."
If Sculley were to put in a bid, the 74-year-old would go head to head against a handful of other big names in technology, including Intel, Lenovo and Blackberry founder Mike Lazaridis, who reportedly is considering joining with parter Douglas Fregin to rescue the struggling phone maker.
While Blackberry isn't very popular among buyers at the moment, it's certainly attracting the eyes of potential bidders, with Samsung, LG, Google, Cisco and SAP reportedly also considering putting in offers for the company.
Blackberry refused to comment on the buyout rumours, saying, "The special committee, with the assistance of Blackberry's independent financial and legal advisors, is conducting a robust and thorough review of strategic alternatives." µ
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