Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

HTC's smartphone head steps down following on from Google acquisition

HTC's smartphone head steps down following on from Google acquisition

In a statement, HTC said Chang had chose to leave to take a different career path. 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. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012.

"We can confirm Chialin Chang has resigned from his position as President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC".

The company has yet to appoint a successor to Chang.

HTC has already sold off most of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google for $1.1 billion. 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 has also been manufacturing less smartphones in total and over the course of past year it made less than 10m units.

Following his resignation from HTC, Chang told the press that he is planning to set up his own artificial intelligence company after the Lunar New Year holiday, having come to recognize the importance of AI in industrial development.

In December 2013, Chang was appointed president of HTC's global sales before being made president of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business in early 2017.

HTC's new flagship device the HTC U12 may appear in March or April, or even May. It will be a dual-camera flagship phone by HTC.

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