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Another Mobile Vice President Quits Samsung

Richard Fink the Vice President of IT and Samsung’s Mobile Division has quit, just 11 months into the job.

He is the third VP to have quit running the mobile division during the past four years, his predecessor Prasad Gokhale stepped down on August 5, 2015.

Prior to Gokhale, the division was run by Tyler McGee, under his management Samsung became a formidable mobile force in Australia.


Prasad Gokhale

ChannelNews understands that Fink is set to return to Melbourne to take up a new role.

Prior to joining Samsung, he 13 years at Telstra, where he held several senior roles and was director of retail channel when he left in 2014.

He was most recently Coles’ head of store transformation, where part of his responsibilities involved “reshaping” the way the supermarket chain approach to business through its 780 stores.

When he was appointed Samsung Australia president Harry Lee said: “Mr Fink has a track record of building success through business transformation. Today’s competitive smartphone market requires innovative thinking and I believe Richard’s depth of experience and leadership qualities will add another dimension to our business to deliver ongoing success.”

Upon his departure Lee, said: “We’re grateful to Richard for his contribution to Samsung and his leadership across our multiple channels and product lines.”

“Richard’s drive for the consumer experience has resonated across the business and will ensure that Samsung continues to be a leader in this area in Australia by providing our customers with a seamless experience across all contact points. We wish Richard and his family all the best for the future,” said Mr. Lee.

Mr. Fink said: “It has been a privilege working for Samsung Australia. The company continues to lead the way in innovation, and I have been fortunate to work with talented people to provide great products and services to all Australians. I believe Samsung Australia is set-up well for future success.”


Next month-long time Vice President Philip Newton is set to leave Samsung after nine years.