12/12/2008 11:12:00 AM
Samsung appoints RIM executive to smartphone team
Samsung has signaled its intention to improve its business handset share next year with two appointments to its smartphone team.
The manufacturer has brought in Marcus Stone as head of smartphones UK and Ireland, and Nick France as business solutions sales manager.
Stone replaces Carl Boraman, who left Samsung in September after just five months in the role. Stone previously held a role at RIM BlackBerry, where he held several sales and marketing positions during his seven years at the company.
Meanwhile France will be responsible for business-to-business sales within the portfolio, supporting Stone. Both will report to Derek Williamson, Samsung’s general manager.
Williamson said: ‘As we grow more rapidly within the UK smartphone market, it is critical that we assign more time and focus on this sector. We already have an exciting smartphone portfolio with an extensive range, and we have plenty more to come with some incredible products planned for next year.’
According to Samsung, its smartphone market share grew 10.9% in September and October 2008 alone, following the release of the Samsung Omnia. However, the device was hit by reliability and performance problems.