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