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Samsung replaces JK Shin with Koh Dong Jin as head of mobile business
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Dec 1, 2015, 02:01 PM
 
Samsung has replaced the head of its phone business in its annual management shakeup, in an attempt to fix its mobile division's continuing financial decline. JK Shin is out as leader after four years at the top, with Koh Dong Jin taking control of the division and tasked with reversing the ongoing revenue trend, with the change potentially signaling a change of priorities for the mobile business from a focus on hardware and devices towards software and services.

Koh's background is in software, reports Bloomberg, with the executive previously working on Samsung Pay and the Knox security suite. Heading up the Technology Strategy team from 2007 until last year, Koh is said to have helped create partnerships between Samsung and Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft, and Wacom, as well as overseeing the creation of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.

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The move to place Koh at the top of the mobile business falls in line with Vice Chairman Lee Jae Yong's wish for Samsung to work on its software, as it tries to move away from its competition. Since taking control of the company when his father Chairman Lee Kun-hee was hospitalized last year, he has also taken steps to innovate, creating an in-house engineering incubator and creating a smart home device ecosystem, one that works with Samsung's smartphone range.

Shin was in charge of the mobile section in 2011, helping the manufacturer raise shipments from 94.2 million smartphones per year to 318.2 million last year. During his tenure, he doubled revenue for the mobile business between 2011 and 2014, and managed to triple the profits by 2013. Despite this, the earnings for the division are expected to drop down 8.2 percent for this year, making it the lowest for the mobile business since 2011.

Despite losing his position leading mobile at Samsung, Shin will continue to play a major role in the company, as he remains a president and co-CEO of the Samsung Group itself.
     
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Warm up the copiers!
     
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Indeed .... this "new" guy started in 2007 (which conveniently coincides with a particularly historic event), and he was in charge of [non-existent] software. Their software is all google android, with a few hacks, which are poorly executed. What software? Oh yeah ... the photocopies that are made of iOS. Everyone .... welcome to a new round of blatant copying and ripoff.

When you look at their history, going back 20 years, they have done nothing but ... in every segment. Whether it's in TVs, laundry machines, vacuums, small and large appliances, etc. Their only decent division is their industrial and semi-conductor division .... all the consumer facing divisions are just copy cats.
     
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Indeed .... this "new" guy started in 2007 (which conveniently coincides with a particularly historic event), and he was in charge of [non-existent] software. Their software is all google android, with a few hacks, which are poorly executed. What software? Oh yeah ... the photocopies that are made of iOS. Everyone .... welcome to a new round of blatant copying and ripoff.

When you look at their history, going back 20 years, they have done nothing but ... in every segment. Whether it's in TVs, laundry machines, vacuums, small and large appliances, etc. Their only decent division is their industrial and semi-conductor division .... all the consumer facing divisions are just copy cats.
     
   
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