Samsung's chief product officer in the U.S. walks away

Samsung's chief product officer in the U.S. walks away
Kevin Packingham, Samsung's chief product officer in the U.S., has departed the Korean based manufacturer. Packingham was responsible for the introduction of some of Samsung's top-selling models like the Samsung Galaxy S III which was the first smartphone that was a serious contender to the Apple iPhone in terms of the number of units sold in a year. Packingham helped arrange for the model to be released for all four major U.S. carriers. He also worked on the first phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note, and the current flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Based out of Dallas, the executive spent two years at Samsung Mobile and recently explained how Samsung wanted to be in charge of advertising its own products instead of relying on the carriers to spend money on promoting the brand. This led to a number of witty television commercials, some of which poked fun at those Apple iPhone users who wait all day on a long line to buy the phone. The carriers liked the idea of Samsung running its own spots because this way they wouldn't have to shell out as much money to promote Samsung's models.

While Packingham's decision to leave was announced today, it was known internally on Tuesday. No replacement has been named.


source: NewYorkTimes via BusinessInsider

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13 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Good bye rich executive person no one cares about.

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Actually, Any Samsung fan should care. Mr. Packingham is a person that took the time to listen very closely and seriously to consumer input. This led to instant recognition to the positive aspects and high sales of Samsung's widely sought after devices. I hope Samsung's goal to continue the care and acknowledgment, will carry on. I am interested to see what or what may not have transpired leading to his choice to leave. John B.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Care? Manipulating benchmarks, lying about region locking, and performing corporate espionage to influence patent licensing is "care"? Your business ethics professor must have been Gordon Gekko.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And any other executive is any different? I guarantee if we were flies on a wall at any of these mobile companies we would see far worse than what is reported. To believe otherwise is either naive or just plain ignorant.

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The difference? Most companies are at least smart enough not to air their dirty laundry in public. However, given Samsung's track record over the last 4 years, I dare say the town of Technology Scumbags may have a few residents, but Samsung would be win mayor in a landslide.

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

No company is innocent. If you believe different, then you need to be the one to talk to your professor. The crown jewel of wireless(Apple), is a company that has been around since 1976. I was 15 when it made its debut. Apple has clawed its way to the top by plenty of deception. The second iPhone with a 600 mhz processor but locking it down to 350mhz. Then slapping an S on the end of the 3 and opening up the processor. How much money do you think Apple made on that phone without spending hardly any money? Only one example but it gets to the heart of the meat potatoes. It's a game all corporations play. John B.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Do you think their drty laundry was aired on purpose? And besides, the worst companies aren't the ones who get caught, but the ones who don't. You brought up earlier that Samsung was performing espionage to influence patent licensing. As I recall, the agreement between Apple and Nokia had to do with FRAND patents. Samsung got a look at the licensing terms, even though it wasn't supposed to. My question is, if said patents are indeed FRAND, then why shouldn't Samsung get a look at the license? The agreement should be the same for Samsung as they would have been for Apple. MS has been going after Moto, and Apple has been going after Samsung for attempting to abuse FRAND patents, by licensing them for a higher price to them than they had to other parties. So unless Nokia was planning to do the same to Samsung, why shouldn't they be able to see the licensing terms, that would show them that they're getting the same terms as Apple did. If they are trying to license to Samsung for a higher rate than Apple, then Nokia would be abusing FRAND, and Apple an accomplice for helping to cover that up.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

......smh.... and i got reported for trolling? Lol

8. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So he didn't like sammy cheating on benchmarks?

12. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Maybe he finally started feeling bad about tricking people into buying plastic crap phones.

13. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Like they sold plastic condom to your mother..!

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

first rat off the ship

11. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

Now go help HTC to get on its feet :D

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