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Windows Phone marketing boss leaves Microsoft after just five months

Updated 4 years ago
Published Apr 18th, 2012 10:45AM EDT

BGR exclusively broke the news last November that Samsung’s vice president of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim had left the company to join Microsoft. As general manager of Windows Phone marketing, Kim was tasked with steering the future direction of the Windows Phone platform in the eyes of consumers and partners. In an interview with BGR at the time, Kim said he planned to “win the hearts and minds of consumers, carriers, device manufacturers, developers and partners,” and he said he viewed the new role as an “amazing opportunity.” Now, just five months after joining Microsoft, Kim has left the company. “We can confirm that Gavin Kim has made a personal decision to leave Microsoft,” a Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet in a statement. “We feel very good about the work he has done to set the team, and its new lead Eugene Ho, up for success. We wish him all the best.” Kim’s reason for departing from Microsoft so soon after joining the company remains unknown.

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.