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Five top U.S. executives from Samsung Mobile U.S. turn in their washroom keys

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Five top U.S. executives from Samsung Mobile U.S. turn in their washroom keys
Looking for a high-paying job in the mobile industry? Samsung might have an opening. Actually, the Korean based tech titan might have five openings. Over the last two months, five executives from Sammy's mobile operations in the U.S. have left the company, with at least one moving to Apple. The five include Seshu Madhavapeddy, the senior vice president of product and technology, whose job was to develop and deliver Samsung's mobile devices.

Also gone from Samsung is Nanda Ramachandran, a vice president and general manager who was heavily involved in marketing devices like the Samsung Galaxy tablets, Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches, and Samsung HomeSync; Mike Pennington, vice president of sales operations and head of national sales; Ketrina Dunagan, the vice president of retail and channel marketing who was involved in rolling out the Samsung Experience departments inside Best Buy stores, and Human Resources director Donna Cerny. It is Cerny who has ended up with Apple's Human Resources department, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Some of the five became the U.S. faces of Samsung, including Ramachandran who presented the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro at CES in January. Madhavapeddy was active during MWC in February, speaking with the media about the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Gear 2 and GearFit. Pendleton could end up testifying during the current Apple v. Samsung patent trial, discussing the company's advertising strategy for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

"As our US business continues to diversify and expand, we will continue to build an industry leading organization with people who will contribute to even greater success for Samsung. Some have left voluntarily to pursue other opportunities, and we thank them for their service."-Samsung

It is not known if the departed executives, outside of Ms. Cerny, ended up at other firms. So far, there is no word from Samsung about replacing the five.

source: CNET

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posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:45 3

1. Sauce (unregistered)


Wonder if it really was voluntarily. The sad part about having a corporate job is that you can be jobless at any time :/

You will always get replaced.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:11 4

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 10296; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah, they have no union backing.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:34 2

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1135; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If these top executives are that important to mention in this article I believe they will do just fine. It's the faceless every day joe and jane that are the ones you have to worry about.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:38 1

14. Sauce (unregistered)


Yes, that is what I said. "..having a corporate job.."

Execs aren't the only ones to be in corporate.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:20 1

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3286; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Or the ones suffering at the Samsung manufacturing plants in China.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:53 1

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 2709; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Why only mention Samsung? When Apple is notorious for child labor abuse in China.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 21:00 2

17. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


reason they left is samsung doesn't want to innovate anymore. smart guys they don't want to be on the losing team. samsung will be the new my space in few months.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:02 1

20. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Read the new method to produce g
Graphene????
Samsung is still innovating in fast pace...they don't just call all aluminium body, slide to unlock, thin profile as innovation....instead they do real innovation....

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 04:54 1

28. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


ppl literally been beggin and asking for a aluminum galaxy device. This could even double their sales and no complain on plastic quality. Samsung just want to be cheap and failed to listen.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:57

31. willard12 (Posts: 727; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


So, aluminum is expensive and plastic is cheap?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S4-costs-Samsung-237-to-build-more-than-Apple-iPhone-5_id42803

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:57 11

2. nctx77 (Posts: 452; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


They looked at the iPhone 6 rendering and gave up. LOL!

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:12 3

5. erikiksaz (Posts: 94; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Right. There's not much to be afraid of when your competition keeps rehashing the same thing.

Maybe Samsung's unwillingness to try something different prompted them to leave.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:38 9

6. AstronautJones (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Wait....so the company lambasted for trying too many things (zoom, active, note, mini, GS5 heartbeat sensor, gear, gear fit) and countless other "features" trashed as gimmicks, NOW you are trying to say they have an "unwillingness to try something different"?

Daaaaah, ok george

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:44 1

7. nctx77 (Posts: 452; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


5 execs at the same damn time lol!

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:02

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1539; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Or they left to try new things more interesting to them. Like hugo barra did with his move to Xiomi. There isn't always controversy behind executive moves, the only one I can remember in recent memory is Scott forestall which was obvious.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:45 1

25. MEeee (Posts: 214; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Typical iGnorants.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:11 3

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 10296; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hope they left for something better, being canned isn't cool. Good luck to them.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:55

16. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I'm sure Samsung told them to leave by their "own will".

5 top executives??? Many hidden things must be there. And there must be hidden the answer, why Samsung took all the markets, but couldn't take the US market yet.
And one of them is now at Apple. LOL Isn't it clear???
Think guys . Think!
Hope Samsung will find the right persons now. (to take the whole US market is not easy thing:)

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:46 4

8. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They probably saw how much easier it is to get away with BS if you were a US company like Apple and decided to work somewhere where you had to fight the US government and Apple to operate. Those jurors really screwed up the US market with that Bush like move.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:57 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


Someone is mad.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:04 4

12. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Anyone that wants a fair society should be mad at that injustice.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:42 1

15. Sauce (unregistered)


You aren't entitled to a fair society.

You aren't entitled to a fair life.

Welcome to the world.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:31 1

27. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I didn't say I was entitled to a fair society, I am just saying that everyone who cares about it should be mad at the injustice going on in the US courts and the patent offices.

I had a problem when some lady successfully sued McDonald's for having coffee that was too hot. I had a problem when a burglar successfully sued a home owner for negligence when the burglar hurt himself breaking into a house. And I certainly have a problem with Apple winning so much money for all of this prior art.

I know it isn't fair and that is how the world works. I just don't like it and no one that pays taxes and votes should like it.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:03

11. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sorry should read decided not to work somewhere where

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:27 1

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10296; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude shut up man

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:04 1

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why should he????
Because he said something about apple???

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:05

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why should he????
Because he said something about apple???

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:48

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3022; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I wish their design team walk out soon.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 10:05 1

30. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Their design team has very Asian and Korean taste. Apparently they love the chrome trim on everything. Even LG does.

I don't think all of America disagrees either. Just the tech geeks geeks have a problem with their designs.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:26

24. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Five executives from Sammy's mobile operations in the U.S. quit, big deal it's not like their involved in the design or manufacture of anything what so ever, that's all done in Korea.

All they are in the US are glorified wholesale phone retailer's.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:05

26. jskates420 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)


You guys are bunch of cool people (:

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 04:56

29. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Meanwhile in korea samsung HQ, they are having a party......

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