WATERLOO (dpa-AFX) - Research In Motion (RIMM, RIM.TO) reported the hiring of Kristian Tear as chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as chief marketing officer. The company said both Tear and Boulben, with deep experience in the mobile computing industry, would complement RIM's existing executive team as it continues to focus on expanding its global customer base and prepares for the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 platform.
Tear, in his new role at RIM, would oversee all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development, products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain. Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as Executive Vice President. Boulben, who is the former Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Sales for LightSquared, would oversee global marketing efforts at RIM.
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