HTC’s smartphone chief and ex-CFO, Chialin Chang, resigns

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HTC’s smartphone and attached units president and former CFO, Chialin Chang, has resigned. The transfer, noticed previous through Engadget, was once introduced lately and is efficacious right away.

Chang joined the corporate in 2012 as CFO. He additionally prior to now ran HTC’s international gross sales trade. Earlier than ultimately changing into president of smartphones and attached units in 2016.

HTC’s investor observe specifies Chang is leaving for “personal career plan” causes, and native press in Taiwan is reporting that Chang intends to arrange his personal AI startup.

HTC does no longer checklist a alternative for the placement and didn’t reply once we requested about its plans for rehiring a smartphone chief. An organization spokesperson equipped the next commentary at the information: “We can confirm Chialin Chang has resigned from his position as President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC.  We thank him for his dedication to the Company for the last six years and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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Chang’s departure follows HTC moving greater than 2,000 of its very best engineers to Google on the finish of remaining month at the final touch of a $1.1BN cooperation settlement between the pair, which was once introduced remaining fall — with Mountain View taking fee of most of the HTC engineers who labored on its Pixel units.

In alternate HTC has a piece of money however the dimension of its engineering workforce has contracted through a couple of 5th — and it’s now down a smartphone president as well. The way it can cross about reviving a smartphone trade which has for years suffered lackluster profits — because of being outmanoeuvred and outgunned through sooner and higher resourced opponents — stays an open-ended query at this level.

In recent times HTC has been more and more keen on its rising VR trade — underneath the Vive emblem and in partnership with video games writer Valve. Even though, in September, it stated it remained dedicated to each VR and smartphones, together with its U collection of top rate smartphones.

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And it additionally stated its collaboration with Google method it could proceed to paintings with the engineers that now paintings for the Pixel maker.

Chairwoman and CEO Cher Wang is giving a keynote speech on the Cellular Global Congress tradeshow later this month. However there might be no flashy HTC press convention — as was once the norm in its smartphone heyday.

Certainly, it does no longer seem to have any flagship launches within the pipe for MWC 2018. Even though, as soon as once more, it’s going to be demoing its Vive VR generation to delegates on the international’s largest cell display.

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