Samsung has confirmed it is replacing the man in charge of its smartphone business, after its handset unit's below-par performance contributed to the company recently posting a major financial loss.
JK Shin will remain a Co–CEO of Samsung but will no longer be in charge of the mobile division. He is being replaced by DJ Koh, who until now has been responsible for Samsung Pay and the company’s ill–fated Tizen mobile operating system.
Shin was blamed for failing to order enough units of the company’s Galaxy S6 Edge.
Samsung could not manufacture enough of the curved-screen device, having mistakenly backed the flat–screened Galaxy S6 to be most in-demand.
That decision led directly to Samsung announcing a slump in quarterly profits from its smartphone business during the summer. The impact was so bad that the wider Electronics arm said it wouldn’t make a profit at all this year.
Shin’s removal comes at a time when Samsung still retains its position as the world’s biggest mobile-maker by volume of handsets sold, but is being pushed at the top–end by Apple and on the budget side by Chinese firms such as Xiaomi and Huawei.
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