Samsung UK printer boss Slaughter resigns

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Samsung UK printer boss Slaughter resigns

Microscope contributor

Samsung's director of the UK printer division has left the firm after less than two in the job to pursue other opportunities.

 

Geoff Slaughter worked at copier dealer Erskine, which was acquired by Ikon in the 90s, and spent 16 years at Canon before joining Samsung in late 2007.

 

"I have taken the decision to leave Samsung, I felt my career could be better developed elsewhere," he told MicroScope.

 

He refused to comment further on his departure but revealed there are two options on the table for the start of next year, one to join a manufacturer and one to return to the channel.

 

Gartner figures revealed that total shipments in the UK laser market including printers, copiers and MFPs fell 22% in the first half of 2009. Samsung, the only one of the top seven vendors to grow sales, held 13% market share.

 

Tosh Prabhakar, senior analyst for printers said Samsung had priced aggressively to gain market share but needed to expand its portfolio.

 

"Samsung knows it has got weaknesses in the office or high-end workroup space and in the next 12 to 18 months it will definitely focus on those areas," he said.

 

Rivals vendors are shifting to managed print services but its product limitations meant Samsung was unable to fulfil those service contracts, he added.

 

Graham Long, vice president of printing at Samsung Electronics Europe will take over the running of the UK operation on a permanent basis.

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