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Samsung UK finally fills vacant GM positions

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Samsung has finally recruited several UK general managers to fill positions that have been vacant for months with Phil Gaut stepping in to head up the display business unit and Dion Smith looking after the printer operation.

As revealed by MicroScope in May, Samsung parted with Dom Webb, GM of its monitor business just months after notebook boss Phil Brown left to join Asus and print head Geoff Slaughter - now at Canon - resigned.

The new recruits will report to Graham Long, Samsung vice president for IT business, UK and Ireland, who said in a statement that they will bring a "wealth of experience in the print, display and the IT industry."

Gaut is working notice at Acer, where until recently he headed up the peripherals division, prior to that he sold B2B notebooks and AV at Sony.

During his 20 years in the industry, Smith helped to develop HP's print managed services but most recently worked at Dell where he oversaw print sales, solutions sand services.

Long said: "I believe they will both play a key role in driving the long term growth of our brand across both markets."

With Darren Matthews taking control of the notebook division earlier this year, the Korean giant now has a full compliment of GM's running its product businesses.

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