Samsung restructuring could remove J.K. Shin as head of mobile

Samsung restructuring could remove J.K. Shin as head of mobile
Samsung's current head of its mobile division, J.K. Shin, is in danger of losing the position according to a report published today. Samsung has seen its profits and stock price decline, and the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 did not wow smartphone buyers as much as previous iterations of the model had. With Samsung losing market share in the global smartphone market, third quarter earnings were 60% lower than the amount reported the prior year. Additionally, the company sold 40% fewer Galaxy S5 units than expected. For the three months after April, the company sold 12 million Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets compared to 16 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S4 sold during the same time the previous year.

One rumored scenario has Mr. Shin removed as head of mobile, which also means that he loses his co-CEO title. Speculation has him replaced at mobile by another co-CEO, B.K. Yoon, who currently runs Sammy's appliances and television business. According to those in the know, Yoon would keep his current responsibilities while adding the mobile unit to his portfolio. A third co-CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, would remain in his current position overseeing components like semiconductors, and displays.

Having home appliances and mobile together under one leader is not so ridiculous. Samsung has been working on ways to integrate home appliances with mobile devices. Mr. Yoon has been a champion of this way of thinking. He currently earns $3.3 million a year compared to the $10.9 million that Mr. Shin will take home this year.

Samsung does have a clear line of succession at the top. Chairman Lee Kun-hee has had heart related hospitalizations this year, and his only son, Jay Y. Lee, is expected to be the heir apparent for the top spot at the company.

source: WSJ via AndroidCentral



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Restructuring isn't just about replacing heads.The new management has to start by: 1.Dropping the number of models such that only one low range,one mid range,one mid-range phablet,one high-end midrange,one flagship,one flagship phablet,one mid range tablet of various sizes,and one note tablet of various sizes. 2.A simpler hierarchy.such as letters,would be appreciated. 3.Make more aesthetically pleasing products,,by at least using matte plastic and bold,bright non faux-that materials.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Talk about CEO overpopulated, meanwhile SME in Korea is keep on shrinking and shrinking.

11. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung is a much larger corporation. The company spans several disparate industries. It makes sense to have each division operate separately. While still maintaining ownership channels.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Is just business. He should have a sweet cya package coming.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Could be sammys first good move in ages. They have no idea where to go with their mobile division, throwing every possible bloatware and gimmick they could at the user with an ugly package that hasn't improved over the years was only ever going to go so far. Now they need to get someone fresh who can bring originality to the mobile and tablet division. It's time for a reboot, Nokia style. They should hire Elop, so he can take the division to MS along with the losses. LOL.

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Samsung should just listen to people's comments about their product. Personally, i want to comment on thier pricing strategy, product design and UI/UX deisgn. I am an ex fan of their smartphones and i am not closing my doors for them. Good Luck Sammy.

6. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i think the main problem of sammy is designing department which is getting wrose year after year

8. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

REALLY? getting worse year after year? I have heard a lot of great reviews regarding designs of Alpha and Note 4 :) Touchwiz has also improved with Note 4, but still lacking other refinements.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31541; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed, but the note 4 gives hope.

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Actually, the S5 wowed me the most of any of their S devices.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would hate to see him go. thank you for listening to my speech

12. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

His compensation is too high. If he goes that money will be with Samsung and profits would be higher ofcourse.

13. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

is he responsible for touchwiz and cell phone design? If yes, he should step down

14. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Alan, F., at, it, again, with, too, many, commas.

15. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samsung should stop selling their garbage expensively. In my country you can hardly get any meaningful Samsung phone for $250 (Galaxy Trend or Core. Both of which are garbage). On the other hand Sony gets you the best of handsets from $220 Xperia C, Xperia M etc. Don't forget that Techno are raking in big time with their Phantom phones. Speaking of restructuring, I would re-introduce galaxy S2 as a low end device with improved battery life to trade at around $150 - $200. Re-introduce the S3 to trade in at around $250 and the S4 to trade in at around $300 - $350 (Note Neo and Grand 2 would fit in here too) As for the rest, Note 4, S5, note Edge, I will have them at the top but once we release a new flagship, we cut their prices to mid-range to dispose off inventory. Lastly, kick off any other bulls**t like Galaxy star, Galaxy Trend, Galaxy Young, etc All these is crap selling expensively and offering no value for money. Personally, I have jumped ship to One Plus!

16. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

all companys sometimes they are in the top ask blackberry how is doing right now

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They just need to use their resources better. Less on marketing. More on R&D and giving the best product to the consumer. Actually their R&D is quite high, maybe just make sure they go all out. They have the resources to beat everyone in all areas and not just display, internals, and size/weight. Just rework the budgets a bit. Way too much is going into marketing and useless stuff like IP certification. Stick to sleek, sexy, and thin. None of that crap direction they pulled with the GS5. Even then they could have salvaged it. If the GS5 had everything the GS5 LTE A had. Which they could have easily done if they used some of that marketing budget on helping Qualcomm manufacture the SD 805 and by helping their display division manufacture the QHD 5.1 displays. They could have had a compact Note 4 stomping the crap out of the HTC One M8 and the the Z2. They would be using SD801 while Samsung had the SD805 all to themselves, as early as March. That big discrepancy in power of the CPU/GPU vs competitors would also make the marketing much easier and cost them less.

18. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung need a Very Big change after the Sales of the Galaxy S5 were not as Good as they Expected,they made the Phone Good on the inside but really bad on the Outside,and is Seem s the Outside of Phones Looks really Attract buyers these Days,Samsung knew the Galaxy S5 was not a Outstanding phone when the Presentation of the Galaxy S5 was Very Dull,as the S4 was more Better,so the Galaxy S6 now as really got to be Outstanding From Samsung

19. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Well, its Samsungs logic for long time now. Actually those cheap phones they make made them number one in phone industry. They did same thing with tv's 15 years ago. Boombarded market with a lot of cheap crappy tv's and made their place in world. You really think they are making money on s5, note 4 or alpha? Ofc not. Those crappy plastic phones that lot of people can buy are main income for them.

20. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

He's already history. GN4 was the last chance given to him, and he failed miserably.

22. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Your a genius. The GN4 doesn't even work.

21. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

He should be fired for incompetance and lying when he promised that the Galaxy S5 would come in a 32Gig variation. Also they are wasting too many assets on low and middle range phones. Samsung needs new management in its mobile phone division.

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