BlackBerry Cleans House As COO, CMO And CFO Depart

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BlackBerry’s executive shifts may have only begun, after exiting CEO Thorsten Heins was replaced by John Chen earlier in November, as three more high-profile C-levels get the boot today. The company announced today that BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear, CMO Frank Boulben and CFO Brian Bidulka have all departed the company. Bidulka has already been replaced by former BlackBerry SVP, Controller and head of Compliance James Yersh, but no replacements for the other top spots have been chosen as of yet.

The sweep isn’t surprising; BlackBerry’s last big executive shift, when Heins was handed the reins back in January of last year, was essentially the appointment of a trust court vassal. And Tear and Boulben were both brought on back in May 2012, shortly after Heins’ ascension and clearly part of his immediate guard of hand-picked execs. Boulben has been widely criticized for the dismal state of BlackBerry’s marketing around BlackBerry…

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