Samsung CEO Resigns as Tech Giant Forecasts Record Profits

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    In a surprise move, Samsung announced on Friday that its CEO and vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun is to step down. Kwon was expected to take a bigger role at the company after de facto leader J Y Lee was arrested and jailed for bribery, but his surprise resignation has deepened concerns of a power vacuum.

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    The news came on the same day that Samsung forecast record third-quarter operating profit thanks to its thriving memory chip business, which has allowed the South Korean tech giant to brush off a punishing period in 2016 in which the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 recall made the biggest tech headlines.

    Semiconductors were Samsung's top earner in the three months through June, making a record 8 trillion won ($7.19 billion). While memory chips were responsible for most of Samsung's profits, its mobile phone business was given a boost by its new Note 8 smartphone which received the company's highest number of pre-orders.

    The timing of the announcement and Kwon's references to an "unprecedented crisis" suggest that Samsung is gearing up for major changes to its operational structure and internal culture following Lee's corruption scandal, but the move also increases uncertainty as to who will fill the gap that Kwon leaves.

    Kwon has essentially functioned as the number two in Samsung Group, being not only the chairman of the board and a board director, but also head of the components business and Samsung Display. Also known as "Mr Chip", Kwon was instrumental in making Samsung's semiconductor business a global leader.

    "We are fortunately making record earnings right now, but this is the fruit of past decisions and investments," continued Kwon in the letter. "We are not able to even get close to finding new growth engines by reading future trends right now."

    Kwon said he will see out his term as chairman of the board and board director until March 2018, and will remain in his two other roles during the same period.

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  2. Scottsoapbox, Oct 13, 2017
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    Now we can also enjoy forum posts about how Kwon Oh-hyun would have never let this happen. :cool:
     
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    Because..?
     
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    I’m sure people here are thinking “Maybe Cook will do the same.” :rolleyes:
     
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    If you read between the lines... he’s bailing out because he sees no growth in Samsung and they are going to be stagnant or behind in the future. He said the benefits they’re enjoying right now we’re from the previous investments. He sees nothing and they’re not doing anything right now for the next phase. Bahaha Samsung will fall.
     
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    In a statement, the man known as "Mr Chip" said the time had come to "start anew with new spirit and young leadership".
     
  8. cljmac macrumors newbie

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    Multiple Korean politicians and Samsung upper management were found illegally taking bribes and collusion. They are in jail.
     
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    This is why:
    They were caught with their hands in the cookie jar so to speak. With record profits, I'm not sure why someone would be so quick to resign. There's definitely more to the story that is not being told.
     
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    Hopefully the new CEO will throw out the copy machines.
     
  12. heov macrumors member

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    Why would he/she do that? Their phones are selling very well. Samsung is at the top of it's game right now, both in memory, fabrication, and mobile phones. They should keep doing what they're doing.
     
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    No growth, riiight.

    2nd largest global hip company.
    Huge upstairs on servers and VM with onboard VNAND SSD’s,
    Larger and faster requests for RAM chips,
    Cars, friedges, home voice activated devices (echo Alexa etc), debuting,
    More entrants into space exploration satellites etc!

    And you think there is NO growth?! Riiight
     
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    If I'm not mistaken Samsung makes the best displays and also provides components to many iPhone parts.

    Clearly Apple likes them to a certain degree. So let's cut the fanboy crap.

    All besides the point though so I digress.

    I think Samsung sill have an uphill battle going forward but I think they have great relationships with many companies out there and they provide great products outside their phones in my opinion. I just am not a fan of their phones but their TVs are fantastic. I like the smart watch design too. I just don't have use for them since I don't care for their phones.

    I don't think this will have a significant impact on their business to be honest but I could be wrong now that HTC engineers will be working for Google. If Google comes out with their own hardware and is successful at it I can't imagine this being a good thing for third part Android manufacturers.
     
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    Did you even read the OP, or did you jump right to the comments?

    @Appl3FTW didn’t make it up, this is straight from Kwon’s resignation letter:

    "We are fortunately making record earnings right now, but this is the fruit of past decisions and investments," continued Kwon in the letter. "We are not able to even get close to finding new growth engines by reading future trends right now."
     
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    I wouldn't go as far as likes. Apple like many other companies do not have a feasible alternative. Samsung has cornered the market on a number of technologies and has the manufacturing capabilities of providing those technologies in quantities that Apple and other need.
     
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    Just continue copying products and ideas from Apple and others, no need to innovate suddenly.
     
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    Agreed, which shouldn't have anything to do with fanboyism or copying. Just another business model where they excel. Now I agree that some things the employees do are shameless but it doesn't mean anything for me as a consumer. I don't think it does anyone really even Samsung fans.

    I'm just speculating though. Who knows maybe this will signify a major positive change for Samsung and they make a Samsung UI that I can actually appreciate.

    Corrupted management is gone and they're legit.
     
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    Interesting. Thanks!
     
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    There’s a huge scandal surrounding them in SK right now, government bribery and stuff. Also because their CEO is decided by blood relation, not who is right for the job. Also their business model is ridiculous. They do lots of things average rather than one thing great. Too many fingers in too many pies.
     
  22. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Right.... ironically.

    Thanks man
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    Seems to me that this is the day of reckoning... something or someone is about to get what they deserve.
     
  23. now i see it macrumors 65816

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    Maybe running the world's most corrupt company ate away at his conscience.
     
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    Because they engaged in a bribery scandal which saw the heir to the company sentenced to five years in prison AND brought down the President of South Korea? Not to mention perjury about the secret deals they cut with the political class in SK to give them advantages directly through the nation's government to enrich their company and the owners. Certainly that's enough for you?
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    Happy that Apple won’t have competition and possibly stagnate??
     

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