RIM hires new COO and CMO

Kristian Tear and Frank Boulben join RIM's executive team
Frank Boulben (left) and Kristian Tear, have joined RIM's senior executive team.
Frank Boulben (left) and Kristian Tear, have joined RIM's senior executive team.

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Struggling Canadian smartphone maker, RIM, has hired Kristian Tear as chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer.

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.

Boulben, who will oversee global marketing efforts at RIM, was formerly 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 EVP of brand and consumer marketing for Orange Group.

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