BlackBerry chief executive John Chen on Monday announced the company’s intention to open a “security innovation center” in the Washington area.

Addressing an audience of government officials at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Chen explained the center would be a hub for collaboration with government customers. He did not give a clear time-frame for its opening.

“We are committed to working with government and industry experts to solve some of the biggest challenges we face in securing mobile communication. The Washington, D.C.-based security innovation center will be focused on creating lasting partnerships that will encourage ongoing dialogue aimed at making better products and policy.”

More details will become available in the coming weeks, according to the company.

The same day, BlackBerry announced it had appointed a new leader for its devices business. Ron Louks, former chief technology officer at Sony Ericsson and former chief strategy officer of HTC America, will join BlackBerry as president of the devices and emerging solutions division.