HTC Smartphone Chief Resigns Effective Immediately, Citing 'Personal Career Plan'

HTC mobile chief resigns before the unveiling of company's last flagship HTC U12

HTC's Smartphone Chief Chialin Chang Resigns

The bottom line is, Chang is out and HTC, at least for now, is not replacing him.

Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) resigned on Wednesday as president of Taiwan-based HTC Corp's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, at a time when the Taiwanese smartphone brand is struggling against stiff global competition. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012.

On the other hand, Chang's position with HTC was no longer as relevant as it used to be.

His position seemed useless as HTC sold nearly all of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google. Before then though, HTC does have a major smartphone launch planned for this year, with the HTC U12. 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.

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A few years back, HTC was one of the most popular smartphone makers, getting high praise for the design and quality of its HTC One (M7) and (M8) smartphones. HTC for $1.1 billion gave its team to Google. According to a brief release posted online by HTC, Chang is leaving as its President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business.

HTC's new flagship device the HTC U12 may appear in March or April, or even May.

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.

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