The Korean electronics company says the role is being made redundant as “a result of a change in our strategic direction”. A Samsung spokeswoman would not be drawn on the details of the change of direction when questioned by Marketing Week.
Samsung said in a statement Garrihy has decided to leave the business to “pursue new opportunities”. It is not known if he has a job to go to.
The statement adds: “We thank Andrew for his unwavering commitment and passion and for the part he has played in helping us dramatically improve our brand value whilst also delivering an outstanding Olympics activation. Marketing at Samsung is much stronger as result of Andrew’s influence.”
Garrihy was responsible for brand marketing across Samsung’s entire portfolio of businesses, including its robustly performing smartphone division, digital imaging and TVs.
He sat on the UK and Ireland board and reports directly into managing director Andy Griffiths.
Garrihy joined Samsung in 2011 from Vodafone, where he was global head of marketing for its internet services. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2005, Garrihy held marketing roles at the National Australia Bank.