Samsung has replaced its head of design in the wake of criticism of the company’s latest handset the Galaxy S5
Samsung’s head of design has stepped down
amid criticism of the fim’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S5.
Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, vice president for mobile design, a Samsung spokeswoman said on Thursday.
“The realignment will enable Chang to focus more on his role as head of the Design Strategy Team, the company’s corporate design center which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of Samsung’s businesses, including Mobile Communications,” Samsung added in a statement.
The S5 has been criticised for its lack of innovative features, the non-sensitivity of its fingerprint scanner and outer plastic casing.
Mr Min-hyouk, 42, became Samsung’s youngest senior executive in 2010 for his role in designing the Galaxy series.
Mr Chang, a former professor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will continue to lead Samsung’s design center which overseas its overall design strategy.
Samsung is the world’s biggest manufacturer of handsets, and recently announced its first quarter profits for the year were above estimates by 11 per cent.
First-quarter profit was $7billion – a 7per cent increase from the same period in 2013.
Operating profits for its mobile phones, including the Galaxy range, was $6.2 billion.