Microsoft has a new GM of the Windows Phone team. He is Samsung’s former vice president of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim.
“I will be responsible to help set the future direction for the Windows Phone platform and to accelerate Microsoft’s trajectory to win the hearts and minds of consumers, carriers, device manufacturers, developers and partners,” Kim told BGR.
Kim was a pivotal figure on the Samsung team who most recently worked on the launches of Samsung’s Galaxy products, including recent products such as the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9/10.1.
“I see this as an amazing opportunity to work with industry talents like Andy Lees, Chris Capossela, Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore, Achim Berg, and others, to build on their incredible successes and continue to move the ball forward here in the US and globally,” he explained. “I anticipate I’m going to learn a lot from them, and I hope to equally contribute my experience back.”
Kim will assume his new position in the next few weeks and will move to Seattle with his wife and daughter.
Microsoft are showing that they are willing to make a really aggressive push to promote their Windows Phone line and take their phones to the next level.
It will be really interesting to see what Kim can bring not just to the rollout of the Mango Phones (Windows Phone 7.5) but to the upcoming Windows Phone 8 (codename Apollo) line.
Good luck buddy.