Samsung Mobile Chief Kevin Packingham Leaves Company

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Samsung's Mobile Chief, Kevin Packingham, who was instrumental in the release of several popular Galaxy devices, has now resigned from his position at the South Korean Electronics company.

Samsung Mobile Chief Kevin Packingham Leaves Company

The reason for his departure are unknown. Samsung's spokespeople declined to provide details on whether his exit was voluntary. The company made the announcement of his departure internally.

"Kevin Packingham has departed Samsung Mobile," said Ashley Wimberly, a Samsung Mobile spokeswoman, in a statement. "We thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors."

The news comes a surprise, since Packingham played a pivotal role in Samsung's mobile division. For instance, he was instrumental in the global unveiling of the Galaxy S III smartphone, a handset which has been proclaimed as the first serious contender to Apple's iPhone 4S in terms of sales.

The device went on to become the best selling phone of 2012. In fact, he played an important role in the negotiations that enabled Samsung to release the smartphone on all of the big American carriers, owing to which the smartphone quickly gain ground. Packingham also helped launch other flagship products like the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S4.

Before his two year term at Samsung, Packingham was chief executive of Amerilink Telecom, a small company that tried and failed at bringing in Chinese phone maker, Huawei as a vendor for Sprint Nextel.

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