updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon July 11, 2011
Samsung CTO Omar Khan leaves for analyst team
Samsung took a hit this weekend as CTO Omar Khan confirmed that he was leaving the company. The executive, best known for the very recent Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, is quitting to join Citigroup as the company's worldwide mobile analyst leader. He told The Droid Guy that he starts at the new role next week and will see some of the public relations-related parts of his work shouldered by Gavin Kim and Nick Dicarlo.
Khan's departure could be a temporary hit to the company's direction. Many credit him with Samsung's broader push into Android, starting with the original Galaxy. Samsung broke out in earnest with the Galaxy S last summer and now considers Android by far its most important platform.
The company has been losing market share in cellphones as a whole but has been gaining in smartphones. Much of its rise has been credited with a willingness to take the US market more seriously after years of focusing on Asia and Europe.
Samsung may keep on its current track in the near term, but it's possible the company may change in the long term. Khan was very public facing and might not necessarily be matched by his replacement.