Samsung has confirmed the resignation of Rhee In-jong. The former Bixby chief and Samsung’s mobile chief expressed his desire to leave Samsung in July, citing personal reasons.
Samsung combined its software and hardware divisions for mobile devices last month during the firm’s shake-up last month and appointed Executive Vice President Roh Tae-moon as the chief of the combined division. While Rhee took over the role of chief technology officer to prepare for the future technologies of the firm’s mobile devices
Rhee, who was a professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, joined Samsung Electronics in 2011. He was the head of the department of Voice assistant Bixby and also led the development of Samsung’s security solution Knox and mobile payment service Samsung Pay.
Samsung confirmed that Rhee notified his staff of his departure in an email. He reportedly said that he had begun to reflect on his situation, as his daughter was dispatched to Iraq in July as an officer of the US Army. He added that he felt “selfish.” He felt he could not combine his role as a father with working as Samsung's mobile chief. He felt he couldn't perform his role as a father properly.
This is a guest post by Asseh Rebecca.