INTERNATIONAL – Apple has hired an executive from Samsung SDI, the battery making affiliate of Samsung Electronics, to help lead its own battery work.
Soonho Ahn joined Apple in December as global head of battery developments, after working as a senior vice president at Samsung SDI since 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile.
At Samsung SDI, Ahn led the development of lithium battery packs and worked on "next-generation" battery technology, the profile says.
Apple and Ahn didn’t respond to requests for comment. Samsung is the largest shareholder of Samsung SDI and the company’s biggest customer, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Apple has used batteries from Samsung SDI to power its own products in the past. The iPhone maker has been trying to reduce reliance on third-party components, and the notable battery technology hire suggests it may be doing the same for batteries.