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Samsung Mobile VP Leaves for Product Management Post at Microsoft

Samsung’s vice president of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim has left the company to join Microsoft’s Windows Phone unit.

Kim will be a general manager on the Windows Phone team, Microsoft confirmed to AllThingsD on Monday.

“I will be responsible to help set the future direction for the Windows Phone platform and to accelerate Microsoft’s trajectory to win the hearts and minds of consumers, carriers, device manufacturers, developers and partners,” Kim said in an interview with Boy Genius Report, which broke news of the move.

It’s the latest of several departures at the U.S. subsidiary of the Korean phone maker. Kim was one of two executives at Samsung to take over when Omar Khan left the company in July to take a job at Citigroup. Also last week, Samsung Mobile announced that its U.S. spokesman, Kim Titus, was leaving the company.

Kim’s hiring also comes at an important time for Microsoft, which is just launching a new wave of marketing efforts designed to coincide with the launch of new phones based on the Mango update of Windows Phone 7. Earlier on Monday, Microsoft staged a series of events from a giant functional Windows Phone in New York’s Herald Square.


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