RIM hires new Chief Operating and Chief Marketing Officers

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced the appointment of 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.”

Kristian Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as Executive Vice President. He brings almost 25 years of wireless experience in general management, sales and marketing, services and operations within the telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer industries. As RIM’s Chief Operating Officer, he will be responsible for all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development, products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain.

Frank Boulben was Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Sales for LightSquared. He has 20 years of experience with companies such as Vodafone Group, Orange Group, and Vivendi Universal. He has also served on the Board of the GSM Association. He will now oversee global marketing efforts at RIM.

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