RIM Names New COO, CMO

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Warterloo, Ontario - Research In Motion (RIM) announced it has hired Kristian Tear as COO and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer.

The pair join the company after a

shakeup earlier this year

in which the co-COOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, resigned in the wake of the company's declining market share.

Tear was mostly recently executive VP at Sony Mobile Communications and also served as a member of the executive management team, and as chairman of the board of Sony Mobile Inc Americas and Sony Mobile International AB. He has previously worked for Ericsson in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Tear will be in charge of all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development, products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain, RIM said.  

Boulben, who will oversee global marketing efforts at RIM, was previously strategy, marketing and sales executive VP for LightSquared, and has also worked for Vodafone Group and Orange Group.


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