Former Windows Phone exec Gavin Kim joins NQ Mobile

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NQ Mobile has appointed Gavin Kim to the newly created position of chief product officer.

Gavin Kim

         Gavin Kim

Kim joins NQ Mobile after a stint at Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), where he was general manager for Windows Phone product marketing, leading the product marketing and platform planning teams as well as Windows Phone application and developer ecosystem efforts. Before landing at Microsoft, Kim served as vice president of Samsung Mobile's content, services and enterprise business.

NQ Mobile provides mobile Internet security and privacy services to nearly 147 million user accounts in more than 100 countries. In his new role, Kim will spearhead NQ Mobile's product, solutions and strategic partnerships.

Kim is just the latest in a series of Windows Phone executives to leave Microsoft in the past year. Most recently, Director of Windows Phone Developer experience Brandon Watson resigned his post to lead Amazon's Kindle Cross Platform team. Watson now oversees development of the digital retailer's Kindle e-reader application roadmap across multiple mobile and desktop platforms, including Windows Phone.

In December 2011, Microsoft moved then-Windows Phone division president Andrew Lees to a new role within the organization, with corporate vice president of engineering Terry Myerson assuming Windows Phone business development and marketing responsibilities. Three months earlier, Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem general manager Charlie Kindel left Microsoft after 21 years to launch a new company based in the Seattle area. Kindel shifted most of his responsibilities to Windows Phone and Marketplace GM Matt Bencke prior to his departure.

Microsoft continues to struggle to gain traction in the U.S. smartphone segment. Devices powered by Windows Phone and its legacy predecessor Windows Mobile represented just 3.9 percent of all smartphones nationwide in February 2012, down from 5.2 percent in November 2011, according to data issued earlier this month by digital research firm comScore.

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