Huawei UK and Ireland executive vice president Mark Mitchinson is to leave the company, Mobile can reveal.
It is unclear where Mitchinson is headed but his departure has raised speculation that he could be headed back to Samsung where he was VP of Samsung Electronics from January 2008 and October 2010.
Samsung is currently seeking a successor to Simon Stanford who quit his post as head of mobile and IT this summer. Stanford took on the role as Mitchinson’s successor in 2010. Huawei insisted Mitchinson is not headed to a rival manufacturer.
Announcing his departure, Mitchinson revealed his last working day at Huawei is 30 September. He said: ‘I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone I've had the pleasure of working with during my 3 plus years at Huawei; customers, partners and my dedicated local team of professionals.’
An Huawei spokesman confirmed Mitchinson has quit Huawei. He said: 'Mark Mitchinson has taken the decision to leave Huawei UK and Ireland after more than three years as executive vice president for the consumer devices division.'
Mitchinson joined Huawei in May 2011 as executive vice president with a brief to drive up brand awareness and smartphone sales of the Chinese mobile manufacturer in the UK.
In a statement issued by Huawei, Mitchinson said: 'Huawei consumer divison has experienced significant success and impressive growth over recent years and while I have enjoyed my time at Huawei I feel it is time for me to take on a new challenge.
'I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank my incredible team for their hard work and dedication and would like to wish them and Huawei all the very best for the future.'
Asked if Mitchinson is leaving Huawei to return to Samsung, the spokesman said: 'Mark has not taken up a role with a competitor of Huawei.'
The spokesman added that all Mitchinson's first line team at Huawei 'continue in their roles.'
Huawei has yet to find a replacement for Mitchinson. The spokesman said: 'No appointment has been made to replace Mark. As with any vacancy there will be a recruitment process with both internal and external candidates considered.'
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