August 05, 2016 10:32
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei recently hired a former Samsung executive, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.
Huawei already ranks third in terms of global market share and recently filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung.
According to the daily, Huawei hired Hong Kong native Andy Ho, formerly the managing director of Samsung's mobile handset sales in China, as its new vice president of consumer business there.
Ho worked for Nokia and then Samsung for the last 25 years and apparently excelled in marketing and regional management.
Huawei said it is confident that Ho will contribute to its consumer sales operations.
This is not the first time Huawei has poached a Samsung executive. In 2012, Yang Zhe, a former executive at Samsung's mobile phone business in China, also moved to Huawei.
Huawei is eager to catch up with Samsung. Richard Yu, the chief executive of Huawei's consumer business, said earlier this year that the company aims to overtake Apple within three years and beat world leader Samsung by 2021.
Huawei filed two patent lawsuits against Samsung in the U.S. in May and July and Samsung launched a counteroffensive in a court in Beijing.
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