Research in Motion (RIM) has hired Kristian Tear as chief operating oficer and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer.
RIM said the appointments would complement the management team on the eve of the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 platform and as it focuses on expanding its global customer base.
RIM president and CEO Thorsten Heins said: ‘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. Most importantly, both Kristian and Frank possess a keen understanding of the emerging trends in mobile communications and computing.’
Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as executive VP. He previously held a variety of operational leadership positions with Ericsson in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
As RIM COO, Tear will oversee all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development (R&D), products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain.
Tear said: ‘RIM is an important player in the mobile industry and I am excited to be a part of its future. 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 VP of strategy, marketing and sales for LightSquared. He joined LightSquared after serving as global director of commercial strategy for Vodafone Group and executive VP of brand and consumer marketing for Orange. Boulben will oversee global marketing efforts at RIM.
Boulben said: ‘RIM is a pioneer in the mobile world and the BlackBerry brand is a global icon. 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.’