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Samsung shuffles senior management: former chairman‚??s son gets new post

15 December 2009 | By Mark Osborne | Going Places

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“Our renewed profitability enabled us to think long-term - to make sure we can continue leading the market,” Mr. Choi said. “As a result, we've strengthened the C-Suite and created a new executive position - the COO - to help expedite decision making, improve efficiency, and mediate between our business units, ensuring that they work well together in meeting our customers' needs.”

A new management structure has also been implemented in an attempt to ensure faster decision making within the divisions, which is claimed to improve autonomy of the units.

“Samsung has recovered well over the past year, thanks to Yoon-woo Lee's leadership and a measured response to the global financial crisis,” commented Choi, the incoming CEO. "With this forward momentum, we believe now is the time for us to make these important organizational changes to prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead."

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