Top Samsung Smartphone Executive Quits After Just 35 Days
Mr Kim Seok-pil who was named head of strategic marketing for Samsung’s mobile business in December has quit days out from the launch of the all-important Samsung Galaxy S6 which the Korean Company is banking on to turn around their mobile fortunes.
Seok-pil had only been in the job for 35 days when he suddenly resigned, he will be replaced by Lee Sang-chul, who is currently in charge of Samsung’s Russian operations.
The new S6 will be unveiled at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona next month.
Samsung, which has seen its smartphone market smashed by low-cost Chinese handset makers, reported a 64% drop in operating profit from mobile phones last week.
These devices accounted for 75% of Samsung’s overall operating profit in the first quarter of 2014.
In the high-end smartphone market, Samsung has also been suffering from stiff competition from Apple. Samsung sold 71 million to 76 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, a significant drop from an estimated 85 million to 86 million units a year earlier. Apple said it sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in the same quarter.