Andy Coughlin has quit his post as global account director at Samsung Telecommunications Europe and is tipped to take the helm as UK head at LG Mobile.
The role has been vacant since Warren Lewis left after just three months in the post earlier this year. Lewis replaced Jim Michel, who left LG in July last year to become UK MD at Brightstar.
The first task for LG’s new UK chief will be to regroup the company’s mobile division, which has seen heavy staff losses over the past year. Last month, LG confirmed it had lost two network account managers. The Korean manufacturer has been widely criticised for not giving its UK operation enough autonomy.
LG has a busy 2012 planned with the launch of its new L-style range of phones, as well as the forthcoming Optimus 4X HD. In its most recent results, profits trebled to £21.2m in its mobile wing, although overall sales fell 14% to £1.6bn, which it blamed on declining feature phone sales. Shipments also fell by 22% to 13.7m.
Former colleagues describe Coughlin as a ‘tireless worker’ and a ‘highly motivated professional’ with a track record for driving the business forward and building strong relationships with partners.
An LG spokesman said: ‘LG is in the process of recruiting a permanent head of mobile and looks forward to welcoming a new member to the team in the near future. LG will make any relevant announcements in due course.’
Coughlin joined Samsung Electronics in 2004 as a national account manager. In 2007 he was promoted to global account manager at Samsung Telecommunication Europe, taking on the role of global account director in 2008.
A Samsung spokeswoman said: ‘After eight years with the business, Samsung can confirm that Andy Coughlin has decided to leave the European Telecommunications organisation. We wish him every success in the future.’ She did not reveal Coughlin’s future plans.
Before joining Samsung, Coughlin worked for Carphone Warehouse as a wholesale manager and at Global Link Industries as a sales manager.