christina pantinChristina Pantin, a Reuters alum who has been a director for Brunswick Group in Hong Kong for the past two years, is slated to return to the US and join the globe's top smartphone maker, Samsung, as VP of PR for its mobile business.

Pantin is a 25-year veteran of Thomson Reuters, serving in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hanoi, in addition to Dallas and New York. She left the South Asia general manager post in Bangalore in 2012 to join Brunswick, where she is a media training specialist and financial sector strategist.

Pantin, to be based in Samsung's America headquarters in Ridgefield, Park, N.J., will lead PR for Samsung Telecommunications America, a vacant post since the exit of Teri Daley for Microsoft last year. Ashley Wimberly currently leads PR for STA out of Richardson, Tex.

The Baron, the blog of former Reuters editor Barry May, first reported Pantin's move.

Korea-based Samsung turned an $8.2B operating in the first quarter across its five business units. Its 89M smartphones shipped in Q1 topped Apple's 43.7M, according to Strategy Analytics