It is understood Qualcomm has made the appointment as it seeks to expand the consumer facing side of the business.
Qualcomm makes the widespread Snapdragon processor, which is used in tablets including the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle and smartphones including the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy 4.
At Samsung Garrihy sat on
Garrihy led a 35-strong marketing team, which was swelled by an additional 20 freelance staff during the Olympics, and was responsible for the entire Samsung range, spanning mobile, TV, digital imaging, white goods, IT and B2B.
Samsung announced in March that Garrihy was leaving the company as part of a "change in strategic direction" that saw his role "scrapped"
Samsung said its marketing was "much stronger" following Garrihy’s two years at the company after hiring him from Vodafone, where he rose to global head of marketing after joining the company's Australian business in 2005.
Since his departure Samsung Electronics UK has appointed Unilever marketer Russell Taylor to the new role of vice-president of corporate marketing.
Read our profile interview with Garrihy concerning topics including Samsung's aggressive global growth and Olympic legacy.