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Samsung Exec Khan Leaving for Mobile Post at Citi

Samsung Mobile executive Omar Khan is leaving to take a role overseeing mobile efforts at Citigroup.

Samsung confirmed Khan’s departure in a statement on Monday morning.

“Omar Khan was a valued member of the Samsung Mobile US team but has decided to leave Samsung Mobile to pursue another opportunity,” the cellphone maker said. “Omar is not leaving to join a competitor to Samsung, and we anticipate having a continued relationship with him once he settles into his new role.”

As for Khan’s duties, most of them will fall to Tim Rowden, Samsung said, while the job of being the public spokesperson for the Korean firm’s U.S. arm will be assumed by Nick Dicarlo and Gavin Kim.

Khan joined Samsung Mobile in 2008 as Senior VP of strategy, leaving a post as a vice president at Motorola.

Word of Khan’s departure was first published Sunday evening by Android-related site The Droid Guy.

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