Updated: Samsung interim UK and Ireland boss Rob Orr leaves role


Orr returns to his position as VP of European Enterprise Business after three months in top UK role

Samsung UK and Ireland IT and mobile VP Rob Orr has returned to his role of VP of European Enterprise Business.

Sources claim Orr (pictured) was placed on sick leave last week amid speculation of a fallout with bosses in Korea.

He had only taken up the position in June on an interim basis following the departure of Simon Stanford, who had been at the manufacturer for five years.

Orr had joined Samsung as VP of European Enterprise Business in June 2013. He had spent seven years at BlackBerry and for the last 10 months there had headed up the manufacturer’s UK and Ireland operations.

A Samsung statement read: “Following a business review of the UK and IT mobile division, Rob Orr will be making a scheduled return to his role in the Samsung European team as vice president of Enterprise Business at Samsung Electronics. We will make an announcement when a permanent full time appointment is made for the UK business.”

Prior to leaving, Stanford was said to be under increased scrutiny from the firm’s board of directors, amid reports of poorer than expected sales of the Galaxy S5 and concerns around targets and stock replacement.

There had also been claims of Samsung having to refund and collect large quantities of unsold stock from a number of its key reseller partners in the weeks before.