Samsung's Omar Khan, chief product guru, leaves company

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Omar Khan, the Samsung CTO who has been the South Korean handset maker's point person for mobile strategy in the U.S. for the past three years, is leaving the company, Samsung confirmed.

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"Omar Khan was a valued member of the Samsung Mobile U.S. team but has decided to leave Samsung Mobile to pursue another opportunity," Samsung said in a statement provided to FierceWireless. "Omar is not leaving to join a competitor to Samsung, and we anticipate having a continued relationship with him once he settles into his new role."

Khan, Samsung's chief product and technology officer for its mobile operations in the U.S., has been with the company for just over three years. Samsung said a trio of product marketing executives--Nick Dicarlo, Gavin Kim and Tim Rowden--will assume most of Khan's responsibilities. 

Multiple blog reports indicated that Khan is leaving Samsung to head Citigroup's mobile solutions business. A Citigroup representative wasn't immediately available to comment.

Khan was often the U.S. executive who introduced new Samsung devices at U.S. trade shows, alongside JK Shin, the president of Samsung's mobile communications business. Khan presided over an expansion of Samsung's presence in the U.S. smartphone market and the introduction of its GalaxyTab tablet line. His departure comes at a time when Samsung is looking to bolster its smartphone position and compete with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in tablets.

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