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April 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Former Windows Phone marketing exec joins NQ Mobile

Gavin Kim, a former Samsung VP who joined Microsoft only five months ago as a general manager for Windows Phone product marketing, has been hired by NQ Mobile as its chief product officer.

NQ Mobile, which has headquarters in Dallas and Beijing, provides mobile Internet services focusing on security, privacy and productivity.

In the newly created chief product officer position, Kim is expected to lead the company’s product and strategic partnerships and provide new opportunities for business growth both within the U.S. and globally, according to NQ Mobile’s news release.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Kim had served as Samsung’s vice president of content, services and enterprise business.

According to CNET, Kim’s move reunites him with former Samsung execs including current NQ Mobile co-CEO Omar Khan and communications director Kim Titus.

There’s been some churn in the Windows Phone marketing team of late. Just last month, Microsoft announced that Thom Gruhler, a former exec with marketing communications company McCann Worldwide, would become Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Phone Marketing.

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