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RIM appoints new top management

Kristian Tear is now chief operating officer and Frank Boulben is chief marketing officer

Research in Motion has appointed a new chief operating officer and executive vice president.
Research in Motion has appointed a new chief operating officer and executive vice president.

Research In Motion has appointed Kristian Tear as chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer.

"Kristian and Frank bring extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing wireless global market and will help RIM as we sharpen our focus on delivering long-term value to our stakeholders," said Thorsten Heins, RIM's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Most importantly, both Kristian and Frank possess a keen understanding of the emerging trends in mobile communications and computing."

Tear and Boulben will complement RIM's existing executive team as the company continues to focus on expanding its global customer base and prepares for the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 platform.

Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as executive vice president.  He previously held a variety of operational leadership positions with Ericsson in Europe, Asia and Latin America. At RIM, Tear will oversee all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development, products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain.  

"RIM is an important player in the mobile industry and I am excited to be a part of its future," said Tear. "I look forward to working with the talented RIM employees and harnessing their ingenuity and creativity for the benefit of more than 77 million BlackBerry users around the world.  I also look forward to helping RIM attract a brand new generation of BlackBerry users." 

Boulben is the former executive vice president of Strategy, Marketing and Sales for LightSquared. He joined LightSquared after serving as global director of Commercial Strategy for Vodafone Group and executive vice president of Brand and Consumer Marketing for Orange Group. Boulben will oversee global marketing efforts at RIM.

"RIM is a pioneer in the mobile world and the BlackBerry brand is a global icon," said Boulben. "We all know how fast the mobile arena evolves and with the BlackBerry 10 platform, I believe RIM will once again change the way individuals and enterprises engage with each other and the world around them.  I could not resist the opportunity to be part of that transformation."