Struggling Canadian telecommunications company Research In Motion is putting a lot of stock in its new chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, as it gets ready to unveil its latest BlackBerry operating system and regain market share from Apple's iPhone.
RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins described Boulben's role as critical to the company's success. Boulben, 45, who previously held senior positions at wireless carriers LightSquared, Vodafone and Orange, has a big task ahead of him, indeed.
RIM has struggled with dwindling market share in the North American smartphone market as well as a slowdown in global BlackBerry sales, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company's most recent ad campaign, "Be Bold," has failed to boost sales in the U.S. and Canada, while RIM's share price fell to a nearly nine-year low last week.
In his new position, Boulben will oversee all global marketing efforts, according to a company press release. RIM declined to answer any additional questions about his appointment.
The company's CMO position has been left vacant since March of last year following the departure of Keith Pardy, who moved on for "personal reasons" just weeks before RIM unveiled its Playbook tablet device.
Former co-CEO Jim Balsillie had taken on the top marketing responsibility before stepping down and leaving the company earlier this year.
To help turn around the business, RIM has also hired former Sony Mobile Communications Executive Vice President Kristian Tear, 48, to fill the position of chief operating officer.
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Buzz Around the Office
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List of the Day: Quickly Landing the Job
In case you've been stressing what to wear and how your resume looks, don't forget the subtleties that help with every job pursuit.
1. Get recommended by somebody on the inside.
2. Show up ready to talk to several people.
3. Show why you're an excellent match for the position and the company.