For people like you and me, phones and gadgets are mostly (if not all) fun and games. The battle between smartphone powerhouses is an entertaining spectacle that, regardless of which company comes out on top, consumers always win. But for the people behind the scenes the picture isn’t always as pretty.
A Samsung VP was recently found dead and apparently jumped out the window of his apartment in a successful suicide attempt. Some reports are saying the man, mentioned only as having the surname “Lee”, left a note in his apartment that stress at work led him to commit the act. That’s debateable:
YTN, a cable news network, quoted an unidentified Samsung representative as saying the deceased had recently been at odds with his peers over promotions.
YTN also quoted another insider as saying senior executives at Samsung had tried to keep the news of his death from becoming public.
An investigator said, “It has been confirmed that he suffered chronic depression caused by an excessive workload. As far as I know, he complained in his letter that his work was too tough to stand.”
If promotions and power are at play, police have to at least be CONSIDERING the possibility he was “pushed” out of the window – don’t they? I don’t have any evidence but it sounds like there is at least a POTENTIAL motive. Either way you look at it… a sad story regardless.
Lee was hired in the early 1990s by Samsung and worked in the memory chip division. In 2006 he won the “Samsung Fellow” award which is given annually to the company’s top engineer. Being a VP I’m sure this is a HUGE loss to Samsung and a blow to the morale of the company, but I’m sure those hurting the most are his family members. Sad, sad story…