Menu
Samsung appoints new head for mobile business

Samsung appoints new head for mobile business

Current mobile head J.K. Shin has stepped back from day-to-day operations

Samsung Electronics has appointed D.J. Koh, head of mobile research and development, as the new chief of the company's mobile communications business.

The move follows some setbacks in Samsung's mobile business during the tenure of the former head J.K. Shin, including an underestimation this year of demand for the Galaxy S6 edge, while overestimating demand for the Galaxy S6 with a non-curved screen.

Samsung said Tuesday that Shin and another co-chief executive officer would step back from day-to-day operations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The South Korean company is the largest player in the smartphone market, but this did not get reflected in the third quarter, when profits in the mobile phone business fell slightly from the previous quarter, because the company cut the price of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to help boost sales, and also sold a higher percentage of cheaper, low- and mid-range phones. 

The company shipped 84.5 million smartphones in the third quarter, up by 6 percent from the same period last year, for a 23.8 percent market share, according to IDC. Samsung faces competition from cheaper phones by Chinese brands at the low end and from Apple at the high end.

Sub-US$200 devices drove a majority of shipments in many key emerging markets, according to IDC. The company has tried to make up for low margins on cheaper phones by focusing on premium handsets, with the launch of its Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5.

In its annual management reshuffle last year, Samsung retained Shin as one of three co-CEOs, despite speculation that he could lose his job after underwhelming smartphone sales.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Show Comments