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Talking USA Q10 launch with BlackBerry COO, Kristian Tear [Video]

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June 5th was another milestone day in the global rollout of BlackBerry 10, with the full-qwerty BlackBerry Q10 officially becoming available in the USA.

To help spread the word, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear was in New York City yesterday talking to the media, and we had the chance to sit down with him and ask him a few questions. With BlackBerry in their quiet period leading up to earnings at the end of this month we kept the scope of the conversation to the Q10 launch (no talking sales numbers, etc).  

Be sure to watch the video interview above as we talk about the Q10, the demand for it from loyal BlackBerry fans, and its support from both carriers and enterprises. For those who can't watch the video (you really should!), keep reading for some of the highlights.

10 Questions with BlackBerry's new Chief Operating Officer, Kristian Tear

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Kristian Tear w/ CrackBerry Kevin
BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear w/ CrackBerry Kevin

Following the recent announcement that BlackBerry 10 will be fully unveiled on January 30th, 2013, I made the trip to Waterloo last week to sit down with BlackBerry's new Chief Operating Officer, Kristian Tear. Normally I would say Research In Motion's new COO, but when Kristian handed me his business card there was no sign of a RIM logo on it... it was BlackBerry all the way. As we were told in our interview with BlackBerry's new CMO, Frank Boulben, BlackBerry is the megabrand and the RIM name will be taking a back seat to that, apparently right down to the new business cards. 

While we've now spoken to BlackBerry's CEO and CMO on multiple occassions, this was our first chance to sit down and talk to Kristian, who is still relatively new at three months on the job. Though he was announced at the same time as Frank Boulben, Kristian had to sit on the sidelines for a while due to waiting agreements with his former employer. When he officially started he hit the ground running flying, immediately joining in with RIM's top execs on their global BlackBerry 10 carrier roadshow. And from there, all of his current efforts are focused on the launch of BlackBerry 10.

Like CEO Thorsten Heins, Kristian is TALL, easy to speak to and even dropped in my favorite line, "Make No Mistake" during the interview. Towards the end of our time together we also discovered that Kristian speaks Swedish (he's a Stockholm boy), as does Mobile Nations' Marcus Adolfsson who joined me on this trip. Once the two of them got going in their native tongues I have no idea what was discussed (it sounded exciting though), but you can read on for our 10 Questions -- in English -- with BlackBerry's new COO!

After much waiting, are RIM’s new CMO/COO executive hires any good?

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Research In Motion

Thorsten Heins has been CEO of RIM for only 3 months. But that 3 months has seemed like an eternity as we waited for updates on BlackBerry 10, restructuring of the company, potential partnerships, and long-awaited new executive blood. Well, yesterday RIM hired two new senior executives. The company finally has a chief marketing officer and a singular chief operating officer.

There have been a lot of complaints from the peanut gallery (media, analysts, casual observers) on the speed of the recruitment process. People were forming conclusions that Thorsten wasn’t doing things fast enough. But I’ve been around public companies as an analyst long enough to see a wide range of executive movement. Recruiting senior executives is hardly ever a fast process. Do you really want it to be fast? Or do you want the right amount of attention put on hiring strong candidates?

So let’s turn to the guys that Thorsten hand-picked.