HTC's Smartphone Head Chialin Chang Quits

HTC's Smartphone Head Chialin Chang Quits

HTC's Smartphone Head Chialin Chang Quits

HTC has also been manufacturing less smartphones in total and over the course of past year it made less than 10m units.

The president of HTC's smartphone and connected devices business, Chialin Chang, resigned from the company on Wednesday, February 14, an investor announcement said. But the timing of this career move feels a little convenient to be coincidental.

Chialin Chang joined the company as CFO back in April 2012. He previously worked in "technology development" at Motorola Solutions, and initially served as HTC's Chief Financial Officer. According to a brief release posted online by HTC, Chang is leaving as its President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business.

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HTC has seen the head of its smartphone business resign, about two weeks after it completed a deal to transfer its ODM smartphone team to Google.

There's no word yet on who will replace Chang at HTC, so his position's duties will likely fall on CEO Cher Wang's shoulders - not an easy feat. "We thank him for his dedication to the Company for the last six years and wish him well in his future endeavours". While Chan was rather evasive regarding his career plans once he leaves HTC, some reports indicate that the executive aims to launch an AI start-up sometime this year.

HTC hasn't fared well in the smartphone market over the past few years and after having sold off much of its smartphone division to Google, some top positions at what's left behind seem to become redundant. Some speculate that the HTC U12 might be the company's last flagship, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

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