BlackBerry shakes up its executive ranks -- again

Out go the finance, marketing, and operations chiefs as BlackBerry works to reinvigorate its ailing operation.

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The exit sign is brightly lit on BlackBerry's executive suite.

BlackBerry on Monday announced that its chief operating officer, Kristian Tear, and its chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, are departing the company. The chief financial officer, Brian Bidulka, is also out, but will stay around as a special advisor to newly appointed interim CEO John Chen through the end of the company's fiscal year. BlackBerry's controller James Yersh will take over as CFO.

The announcement is just the latest bloodletting at BlackBerry, as the company tries to re-establish itself a mobile market that no longer seems to have much use for it. Earlier this month, BlackBerry said that a deal that would have seen the company acquired by Fairfax Financial was dead. Thorsten Heins, the company's chief executive at the time, was fired. Chen replaced Heins as chief executive (and also took over as executive chair of BlackBerry's board) and BlackBerry announced plans to raise $1 billion through a sale of convertible notes to investors.

In a statement Monday, Chen thanked the outgoing executives for their service to BlackBerry, adding that the moves are designed to "align my senior management team and organizational structure."

In addition to losing some executives, BlackBerry said Monday that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.