BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear to leave company

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Chief marketing officer Frank Boulben is also leaving the company, while senior vice president and controller James Yersh is being promoted to the role of chief financial officer

BlackBerry’s chief operating officer Kristian Tear and its chief marketing officer Frank Boulben are leaving the company, it has announced.

The manufacturer has also announced that James Yersh, who has worked for the company since 2008 as senior vice president and controller and head of compliance, will replace Brian Bidulka as its chief financial officer.

Bidulka will stay on as a special advisor to the CEO for the remainder of the fiscal year to assist with the transition, BlackBerry said.

Tear has held the COO position at BlackBerry since August 2012, while Boulben has been with the company since May last year.

BlackBerry Executive Chair and CEO John Chen said: “I thank Kristian and Frank for their efforts on behalf of BlackBerry. I look forward to working more directly with the talented teams of engineers, and the sales and marketing teams around the world to facilitate the BlackBerry turn-around and to drive innovation.

“I also thank Brian for his eight years of dedicated service to BlackBerry. I look forward to working with James and his Finance team as we move forward, execute on our plans and deliver long-term value for our shareholders.”

BlackBerry also announced today (November 25) that Roger Martin, a Board member since 2007, has resigned.

Board Member and Former Chair of the Board Barbara Stymiest said: “Our Board has benefitted from Roger’s expertise and insights over the past six years and we wish him the best.”

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