Rather unexpectedly, Chialin Chang, the President of the mobile and connected devices division at HTC, has announced his resignation this week. The Taiwan based phone maker had already been going through a lot of changes in the past few months. More than a couple of weeks ago, it saw a part of its mobile division (the crew that was responsible for helping develop the Pixel devices) officially join Google. And now, the company will have to deal with its mobile chief leaving.
No replacement for Chang has been announced yet by HTC, and there is talk that instead of finding a new President, the company’s mobile division will instead decide for now to reorganize its management team in order to make sure its current top executives are managing the tech giant’s mobile and virtual reality divisions.
Right now, those top executives are said to include Daniel O’Brien (general manager of HTC Vive Americas), Alvin Wang Graylin (general manager of HTC Vive China), Paul Brown (general manager of HTC Vive Europe), Raymond Pao (vice president of HTC Virtual Reality New Technology), and Chen (general manager of HTC Smartphone Taiwan). Technically speaking, these five have been promoted to general managers of HTC’s operations in major markets.
Of course, it is quite possible that Chang”s vacant position will eventually be taken somebody new, but it is likely that the future mobile chief will have a more limited role compared to what Chang had. According to HTC, Chang had left to pursue other personal career plans, but rumor has it that he is actually looking to form a company that specializes in developing artificial intelligence solutions.
It is no secret that HTC’s brand is no longer as strong as it was about half a decade ago. Quite frankly, the phone maker simply can not compete that effectively anymore against industry leaders Samsung and Apple. And with pressure from a new generation of Chinese mobile brands, it is getting harder and harder for HTC to remain a global powerhouse in the world of mobile.
Still, HTC is looking to continue releasing smartphone devices, although not as regularly as it did in previous years. The company has also made it clear that it will focusing more on its virtual reality division. More than a month ago, the tech giant had unveiled its new and improved Vive Pro virtual reality headset, during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event held at the city of Las Vegas in Nevada.
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