By Lisa Johnston
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Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
Yersh, who has worked at BlackBerry since 2008, previously served as senior VP/controller and head of compliance. Bidulka will stay on as a special advisor to the CEO for the remainder of the fiscal year to assist with the transition.
BlackBerry has a “strong cash position” and continues “by a significant margin to be the top provider of trusted and secure mobile device management solutions to enterprise customers around the world,” said Chen.
“Building on this core strength, and in conjunction with these management changes, I will continue to align my senior management team and organizational structure, and refine the company's strategy to ensure we deliver the best devices, mobile security and device management through BES 10, provide multiplatform messaging solutions with BBM, and expand adoption of QNX embedded systems,” he added.
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