Samsung Mobile product chief steps down

Samsung’s chief mobile product officer has stepped down after overseeing an impressive period of growth at the South Korean company.

Kevin Packingham, who was responsible for introducing a number of the popular Galaxy devices, departed this week after two years at Samsung Mobile with no further details released as to why he has left.

“Kevin Packingham has departed Samsung Mobile. We thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavours,” Ashley Wimberly, a Samsung Mobile spokeswoman, told the New York Times.

During his time with the company Packingham worked as chief product officer at Samsung Mobile in Dallas, Texas, and was an important figure in the development and release of the Galaxy S3 smartphone, which came out last year. Before working for Samsung, Packingham was chief executive of Amerilink Telecom and prior to that served as a product executive at Sprint.

Packingham also played a pivotal role in the releases of both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II and many industry observers will be interested to see where Packingham takes up his next position.

Since Packingham came to the company in 2011 it has made big strides against the likes of Apple in markets in the Western world. At the last check it was far and away the largest smartphone vendor on a worldwide basis with Gartner figures in August for Q3 2013 showing Samsung owns 31.7 per cent of the market worldwide.

Much of the growth has been down to the Galaxy S3 and S4 devices that Packingham had a part in and it has left Apple playing catch up with a diminishing market share that now sits at just 14.2 per cent.

Samsung’s growth in the smartphone market has been in tandem with the Google Android OS that runs on many of its devices and has a share of 79 per cent of the global smartphone OS market.