Samsung Switches Mobile Chief

By Tom Allen
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Samsung Electronics has undergone its first round of job changes under the leadership of vice chairman Lee Jae-yong. Unlike LG (LG Begins Annual Reshuffle), Samsung’s new appointments were on a smaller scale.

Koh Dong-jinThe largest change was the promotion of EVP Koh Dong-jin, formerly head of mobile R&D, to become the new president of the company’s mobile business. Koh replaces Shin Jong-kyun, who will remain CEO of it IT & Mobile Communications division.

Koh was in charge of the development of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Note 5 mobile products. He is expected to lead the next iteration of Samsung’s mobile business.

Shin remaining in place means that Samsung will remain led by three co-CEOs: Shin, Kwon Oh-hyun (CEO, Device Solutions) and Yoon Boo-keun (CEO, Consumer Electronics). Chung Chil-hee was promoted to become a new president of Samsung Electronics, succeeding Kwon as head of the company’s Advanced Institute of Technology.

Other movements took place in divisions such as Samsung SDS and SERI. A follow-up management reshuffle is expected soon.