Today RIM announced two key additions to the executive leadership team with the hiring of Kristian Tear who will be the Chief Operating Officer and Frank Boulben who will be Chief Marketing Officer.

With deep experience in the mobile computing industry, Mr. Tear and Mr. Boulben will complement RIM’s existing executive team in its focus on expanding its global customer base and in preparations for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Mr Kristian Tear – Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Tear joined RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as Executive VP. He has previously held a variety of operational leadership positions with Ericsson in Europe, Asia and Latin America. At RIM, he will serve as COO overseeing 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 Mr. 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.”

Mr Frank Boulben – Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. 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 Vice President of Brand and Consumer Marketing for Orange Group. Mr. 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 Mr. 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.”

The entire BlackBerry Empire team welcomes Mr. Tear and Mr. Boulben.

Source: Inside BlackBerry