HTC smartphone business head resigns

Isaac Cain
February 14, 2018

HTC hasn't given a lot of details about what led to his position being terminated, the official press release only mentions that Chang has chose to move on from the company because of his "personal career plan". Chang is leaving HTC effective immediately, and as such, his duties and responsibilities now fall entirely on the shoulders of CEO and Chairwoman Cher Wang.

A company spokesperson said in a statement, "We can confirm Chialin Chang has resigned from his position as President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC". Chang leaves months after HTC released its well-received 2017 flagship, the HTC U11.

The company has yet to appoint a successor to Chang.

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HTC has also been manufacturing less smartphones in total and over the course of a year ago it made less than 10m units. Currently, Chang's position as head of Smartphones remains unfilled, another indicator that perhaps HTC is moving on from that side of the business. This comes right after Google completed its acquisition of some of HTC's hardware team members for $1.1 billion, and following 10 consecutive quarterly loss reports for the company. "We thank him for his dedication to the Company for the last six years and wish him well in his future endeavours".

It's been a rough few years for HTC. It is expected that HTC will launch HTC U12 sometime in 2018. And from the scenarios, it seems like the HTC U12 could be the last of its name, and the company might look forward to mid-range devices onwards.

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