Samsung VP Gavin Kim Departs to Lead Microsoft’s Windows Phone Team
In a surprise move, Gavin Kim- Samsung’s Vice President of consumer and enterprise- has departed from the company to join Microsoft as General Manager of Windows Phone Team. Kim played an imperative role at Samsung and helped to introduce new products and services to the world. Recently, he worked on content and services related to the launch of Samsung Galaxy products such as Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9/10.1.
Kim is very excited to work with Microsoft’s talents like Andy Lees, Chris Capossela, Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and others, to make incredible successes and move the company towards peak position. Kim takes the responsibility to shape the future of Windows Phone platform and to accelerate the company’s growth by winning the heart and mind of the consumers.
Kim stats on his depart “The fact that I’ve chosen to join the team means we get along well, we believe in each other’s capabilities, and we share a common vision, attitude, and belief about the products and partnerships that the team is creating. And, probably most importantly, we all want to win.”
During Kim tenure, Samsung succeeded to introduce line of innovative products and it might be a huge score for Microsoft also which is preparing its second-generation Windows Phone OS – Mango.
Kim said that Samsung would have very bright future and also explained, “They have brought fantastic products to the market, have a coveted technology innovation pipeline, and are committed to bring these innovations to consumers across a vast consumer electronics portfolio. There is a tremendous amount of synergy between Microsoft and Samsung and the relationship between the companies will only continue to grow stronger and more collaborative over time.”
Samsung has marked great success using Google’s Android platform in the Smartphone market and has achieved the leading position in global smartphone market. Though, Samsung is the largest maker of Android devices but it also uses Windows Phone 7 in few handset models.
However, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is lacking behind Android, Apple iOS and Blackberry Platforms in global Smartphone market. Despite having a partnership with Nokia – which is using Microsoft’s mobile OS Mango- company has failed to get any overwhelming response from consumers and application developers both.
Kim understands Samsung’s working style and culture very well and after joining to Microsoft, he might promote a good relationship between both the companies.