Andrew Bowins departs Samsung

Bowins joined Samsung from MasterCard in 2015.

NEW YORK: Samsung’s North America corporate communications and reputation leader, Andrew Bowins, has departed the tech giant.

Bowins confirmed his exit via Twitter on Friday.

"To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated," he said in a statement. "My decision to resign was planned and fully supported by an amazing leadership team at Samsung. It had nothing to do with recent company events. The next chapter is being written as we speak. Stay tuned for the news."

It wasn’t immediately clear who has assumed Bowins’ responsibilities.

His exit took place nearly two months after Samsung killed off production and sale of the Galaxy Note 7, following reports of the flagship product exploding or catching fire.

Samsung was criticized for its sluggish comms response after initially garnering praise for a voluntary recall. This week, the company said it will disable all Galaxy Note 7s through a software update on December 19.

Bowins joined Samsung from MasterCard in 2015, initially as head of corporate communications for subsidiary Samsung Electronics America. His job responsibilities included all things pertinent to corporate communications and reputation management, according to his LinkedIn account. He reported to the North American CEO and led a team of 20.

Prior to working at MasterCard, he had senior comms roles at Nokia and Dell.

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