BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) on Tuesday said it has appointed Kristian Tear as its Chief Operating Officer, while Frank Boulben has been roped in as Chief Marketing Officer in the run-up to the launch of its BlackBerry 10 smartphones later this year.
Tear and Boulben will complement RIM's existing executive team as the company continues to focus on expanding its global customer base and prepares for the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 platform, RIM said in a statement.
"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," RIM President and Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said.
Globally, RIM's market share in the smartphone category has been declining as it faces stiff competition from Apple and Samsung.
RIM posted a net loss of USD 125 million for the three months ended March 3, 2012 compared to net income of USD 934 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011.
Tear joins RIM from Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as Executive Vice President. Previously, he has held many leadership positions with Ericsson.
At RIM, Tear will serve as the COO, overseeing all operational functions for handhelds and services, including research and development, products, global sales, manufacturing and supply chain, the statement said.
Boulben has joined RIM from LightSquared, where he served as Global Director of Commercial Strategy for Vodafone Group and Executive Vice President of Brand and Consumer Marketing for Orange Group.
Boulben will oversee global marketing efforts at RIM.