Microsoft hires Samsung VP to head Windows Phone product management

Microsoft has recently hired Gavin Kim who was formerly a VP at Samsung Mobile in charge of the company’s product portfolio and close collaborator of Samsung former Chief Technology Officer Omar Khan (the brain behind the Galaxy line of products). Kim was VP of Consumer & Enterprise Services and leading development of Samsung Mobile’s software and services offerings, incubating Samsung’s content and developer partnerships, and building Samsung Mobile’s Enterprise Business. Prior to working at Samsung Kim was Director of Product Operations at Motorola.

“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,”[...]“In my experience, there is an already fervent base of Windows Phone supporters out there and they all get it. They are passionate, and already very vocal about it … so, it is really my new job to make sure we reflect that message clearly in our product and marketing collaborations with all of our partners to create more Windows Phone believers.”

Kim is going to be a great asset added to the Windows Phone team thanks to the close relationship with Samsung who is now supposedly going to be more involved in the development and marketing of the platform. Here’s what the Korean mobile company had to say:

“Gavin Kim has departed Samsung Mobile and we look forward to working with him in the future,” [...] “In his new capacity, he will continue to be part of the larger Samsung family through our partnership with Microsoft.”

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