Samsung poised to give smartphone division to smart home chief

Gigaom

Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone maker by volume, has had a string of disappointingquarters, mostly due to declines in its mobile division. Now it looks like mobile head and co-CEO J.K Shin could be on his way out, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

The logical replacement, according to the report, would be fellow co-CEO B.K. Yoon, who currently heads up Samsung’s home appliances and television division. He’s the Samsung executive who has been leading various smart home projects and was the company’s most public face when Samsung purchased SmartThings earlier this year.

Too many cooks

The current Samsung Electronics management structure, in which there are three “chief executives” each running their own division, was first put in place in early 2013. At the time, the move was seen to limit conflicts of interest between the the components division, and its largest customer, Samsung’s smartphone…

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