Welcome Aboard: Executive Hires from RIM, [x+1] and More

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May 11, 2012 
Brian LaRue  |

ADOTAS - It seems as though HR has been less busy in processing new executive hires this week than in the last few weeks, but nonetheless, the announcements we’ve seen indicate some significant changes for some quite prominent companies. Per usual, here’s our weekly summary of high-level hires and promotions (that we heard of) over the past week. Have we missed anything? Let us know.

• BlackBerry parent company Research in Motion (RIM) named Frank Boulben its CMO and Kristian Tear its COO. Boulben, in heading up global marketing for RIM, is expected to try to bulk up BlackBerry’s presence in countries where Apple and Android mobile devices haven’t more or less overtaken the market. He’d previously been executive vice president for strategy, marketing and sales with LightSquared, and RIM had been without a CMO for over a year. Tear had been executive vice president for Sony Mobile Communications, and had come to Sony from Ericsson.

• Jess Beldner has been named director of strategic agency partnerships of digital marketing hub technology provider [x+1]. This is a new position for the company. Beldner will retain her previous position as director of central sales (based in Chicago), while her new role sees her duties expand nationwide.

• Jeff Clark is now CRO of mDialog, which manages video stream for TV commercial breaks on internet connected devices. He had previously been vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive’s Entertainment division.

• Mark Netter joins digital agency BLITZ as its vice president of business development. Netter comes most recently from Urgent Content, where he’d been COO.

• Thomas E. Smith is now senior vice president and managing director of the Albany, N.Y. office for marketing agency Ryan Partnership, a division of Hyper Marketing, Inc. (HMI). He had previously led business development at CognitiveDATA.

Precision Health Media, a company that aims to reach audiences of people who have been diagnosed with an illness, announced it had hired Mark Magnani as its vice president of advertising sales, while it also brought Tim Hanlon into its management team as an advisor. Magnani had most recently served as executive vice president for client services at Healthy Advice Networks. Hanlon advises a number of tech and traditional media companies through his consulting firm, The Vertere Group.

European social network for business professionals XING has named Thomas Vollmoeller its CEO. Vollmoeller is currently acting CEO of the Swiss company Valora Holding.

Adotas Senior Editor Brian LaRue has been working in journalism in some form or another for slightly longer than his entire adult life, having won his first SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) Award while he was still in high school. Prior to joining Adotas, he served as a reporter, editor, columnist, critic and blogger, mostly for a number of daily and weekly newspapers scattered around his native Connecticut. In his off hours, Brian maintains an active parallel life as a musician and music blogger.

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