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US job moves: Blackberry, Nokia, Comcast, Virgin America

As this week’s news is dominated with the news of another founder splitting ways with his company, we’re reporting moves in the US by RIM, Virgin America, Nokia, Comcast and Zynga amongst others.

Did you hear of any big moves that will affect our industry that we didn’t catch? Let us know.

Research in Motion co-chief executives, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, have stepped down to make way for COO Thorsten Heins to become president and chief executive.

Nokia‘s chief designer Marko Ahtisaari has been promoted from Senior VP to Executive Vice President, Design. This move comes after the success of the Lumia 800 and 900, both designed by Ahtisaari.

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry, appointed Nancy Gofus as chief operating officer as they develop and execute marketing strategies that further expand the .ORG domain globally.

Zynga.org, the philanthropic arm of the social gaming company Zynga, is joined by Ken Weber who will take over as executive director.

Comcast names Amy Lynch as VP of Comcast California’s southwest bay area which includes Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. She is reportedly the first woman to take this role in the company’s history.

Collective Brands has nabbed former Converse VP Rick Blackshaw for the role of Keds Brand President.

Men’s Fitness names Michael De Medeiros as their new Editor-in-Chief. De Medeiros was previously editor of Maximum Fitness and M Magazine.

The Weather Channel made an abrupt change of leadership as advertising veteran, David Kenny, became their new chairman and CEO to replace Mike Kelly.

Outdoor Channel Holdings, owners and operators of Outdoor TV, appointed Tom Hornish as their new president and CEO. He succeeds Roger Werner, who will move to take the position of co-chair.

Virgin America has hired Karen S. Walker as the Company’s new Vice President and Controller. She comes to them from CNET Networks, a US$ 400 million publicly-traded new media company.

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