Samsung Introduces Unit for New Business Exploration
Samsung Electronics, renowned for its memory chips and smartphones, announced the formation of a new division aimed at discovering fresh business prospects during its yearly reorganization of senior leadership. Termed the 'Future Business Planning Division', this unit will be overseen by Jun Young-hyun, a veteran Samsung executive currently serving as vice chairman of Samsung SDI Co., a display arm of the Samsung Group, as per the company's official statement.
During the annual restructuring, Han Jong-hee and Kyung Kye-hyun, Co-CEOs of Samsung Electronics, retained their positions in an effort to provide stability to the company's leadership, approximately a year after Chairman Lee Jae-yong assumed control, according to reports from Yonhap news agency. The formation of the unit aimed at exploring fresh business prospects beyond its current operations was confirmed by Samsung Electronics in its statement.
As part of the reshuffle, two vice presidents were elevated in their roles. Yong Seok-woo, who has held various positions within the company's display division, was promoted to president and will now oversee the display division. Kim Won-kyong, previously a diplomat and a member of Samsung Electronics since 2012, was also promoted to president and will lead the company's global public affairs division.
Samsung's most recent reshuffle differed in scale from prior ones. In the preceding year, a total of seven executives were elevated to the position of president, notably including Lee Young-hee, the company's inaugural female president. This latest restructuring is perceived as an indication of Samsung's inclination toward grooming younger talents for top-tier executive roles, with Yong being the first company president born in the 1970s. The reshuffle occurred amidst an extended global economic downturn and challenges faced by the semiconductor industry, which have impacted Samsung Electronics' quarterly performance negatively.