BlackBerry culls marketing and operating heads

BlackBerry culls marketing and operating heads

John Chen has wielded the axe at BlackBerry, with its chief marketing officer and chief operating officer set to leave the manufacturer.

Both Kristian Tear and Frank Boulben were appointed in May 2012, ahead of the manufacturer's launch of BB10 in early 2013. Chief marketing officer Boulben joined from LightSquared and formerly held roles at Vodafone and Orange. Chief operating officer Tear joined from Sony Mobile and previously held roles with Ericsson across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

John Chen, executive chair and CEO of BlackBerry, said: 'I thank Kristian and Frank for their efforts on behalf of BlackBerry. I look forward to working more directly with the talented teams of engineers, and the sales and marketing teams around the world to facilitate the BlackBerry turn-around and to drive innovation.

Chief financial officer Brian Bidulka is also leaving the company and will be replaced by James Yersh, who formerly served as senior vice-president, controller and as head of compliance. Bidulka will remain with the company until the end of its financial year. Chen added: ''I also thank Brian for his eight years of dedicated service to BlackBerry. I look forward to working with James and his Finance team as we move forward, execute on our plans and deliver long-term value for our shareholders.'

Author: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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