In January, 2015 following Samsung’s less than satisfactory performance in 2014 Samsung did some reshuffling on its employee shelf especially on the top tier of the various Samsung divisions. It seems that those are not the end of Samsung’s to tier management revamping though as they have made a few hiring and also lost a few executives in just a week time last month.
Let us start with the losses first. Samsung has been planning for a while now to downsize its corporate size and that means they would have to do a massive firing ritual. Apparently in Russia they were set to let go 20% of the workforce due to sluggish performance in Russia itself. What happened before the massive lay-off though was that Steve Lee, Samsung Russia’s president was kicked out from the company due to him not able to “meet expectations” (not kicked literally though, that would hurt literally). That and Samsung’s competitor, Apple actually did well in the year 2014 compared to Samsung in Russia. By now we have heard of reports that Samsung has a pretty bad habit of having a very quick employee turnover so we were not surprised when we found out that Steve Lee has not been in Samsung for even a year before getting the lay-off.
Another loss in the corporate roster happens before the launch of Samsung’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 in Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC). Samsung lost its Senior Executive, Kim Seok-Pil. This time though Samsung did not choose to let this head of strategic marketing go, rather Kim was facing some health issues and decided to resign from his position which he was appointed to in December last year.
Now we move on to the pick ups that Samsung did. We start with the replacement of the head of strategic marketing which was left vacated with Kim Seok-Pil taking an uncertain sick leave. It seems that the person behind the Russian region operations for Samsung, Lee Sang-Chul. Lee also headed Samsung’s operations in Latin America before with success and therefore Samsung decided that he would be the right person to replace Kim Seok-Pil. It is noted that Kim Seok-Pil could return to the South Korean tech giant in due time.
Samsung gained also a former Google executive Dora Hsu in the same time frame. Dora Hsu has been an experienced employee with Google for about 14 years and at one point headed Google’s Cloud Platform program for four years. By now plenty are already asking why would Samsung use Dora Hsu and in what sense can they use this new hire? When in Google Dora Hsu helped Google increase the awareness for Google’s Cloud Platform as much as 500% just within one year. Samsung meanwhile have been spending time developing their SmartThings program and are planning to dump a huge sum of money into the program of connecting devices to home appliances and controlling them using the device. They also have been looking to plenty of developers to help develop on SmartThings but due to Samsung’s rather poor reputation with developers, plenty have avoided. This is where Dora Hsu’s experience in Google comes in. With her experience Samsung hopes to convince more third-party developers to join the 5000 odd strong community to develop new apps for Samsung’s attempt to push Internet of Things.