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Samsung B2B head Kevin Gilroy steps down

Senior executive quits to consult for Samsung as vendor embarks on massive channel push

Samsung B2B head Kevin Gilroy steps down
Gilroy has been at Samsung for two years as executive VP and GM of the commercial division.

The head of Samsung's B2B organisation, Kevin Gilroy, is departing the company this week amid a broad-scale effort that he spearheaded to ramp up Samsung's channel efforts.

Gilroy has been at Samsung for two years as executive vice president and general manager of the commercial division. He joined the company from SAP, and has set about re-inventing Samsung's channel effort on a variety of fronts - including recruiting new executive leadership, rolling out new channel programmes and adding to the company's partner ranks.

Earlier this month, Gilroy said recent channel investments by Samsung have included the hiring of Mike Coleman, a veteran of SAP and HP, to run the company's mobile channel programme.

"We doubled the channel team, and we'll continue to make major investments in the channel team," Gilroy said. "We just rolled out our certifications program for partners, we're making major marketing and enablement investments in the channel, so the channel is a big part of our future."

Gilroy disclosed the upcoming departure in a post on LinkedIn, and described the move as "retiring from Samsung." He will depart as of September 1, 2017 and plans to focus on part-time consulting and board advising, he said in the post.

Gilroy's departure follows a number of big moves by Samsung, including the launch last week of the Galaxy Note8 smartphone, which he said includes a number of enterprise-friendly features around multitasking, security and durability.

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