HTC's smartphone president, Chialin Chang, resigns

HTC's smartphone president, Chialin Chang, resigns

As noted by HTC Investors, the company's President of Smartphones and Connected devices, Chang Chialin, has resigned. Chang joined HTC as its Chief Financial Officer in 2012 before becoming the smartphone and connected devices president back in 2016. The Company claims that the reason for Chang's departure was due to "personal career plan".

The press release doesn't mention if a replacement is being hired for his position which had led to speculation that Chang might have left the company because the position had become redundant. 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.

So far, HTC has not named a successor to Chang. 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.

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In a statement supplied to CNET, an HTC spokesperson said "We can confirm Chialin Chang has resigned from his position as President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC".

HTC hasn't officially quit the smartphone business just yet, but with the Google deal and now this, it is seeming increasingly likely that HTC may stop producing its own phones. 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. Before then though, HTC does have a major smartphone launch planned for this year, with the HTC U12.

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