Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun announces shock resignation as the company's profits surge. Sara Hemrajani reports.
A surprise resignation at the top of Samsung, deepening worries of a leadership vacuum. CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun announcing on Friday (October 13) that he's decided to step down, after what he calls an "unprecedented crisis". Kwon is a Samsung veteran - seen as the company's number 2. He was tipped to take on a much bigger role following the arrest and conviction of de facto chief Jay Y. Lee on bribery charges. But he now says the company should quote "start anew with new spirit and young leadership". Despite its management troubles, Samsung's bottom line is looking remarkably healthy. The company also revealing on Friday that it's expecting a record profit for the July to September period - with earnings potentially nearly tripling, thanks to surging demand for memory chips. That's welcome news for the board as Jay Y. Lee's corruption scandal rumbles on. His legal team have now kicked off arguments in the appeal of his five-year jail term.