HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang resigns

HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang resigns

Today the company announced that its president in charge of smartphones, Chialin Chang, has tendered his resignation because of his "personal career plan".

The executive's decision to leave the company leaves HTC in a tough spot and no replacement is yet official. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012. HTC has seen its stock price continue to fall from a high of 1,300 NT ($44.56 USD) on April 29th, 2011 to its current price of 59.90 NT ($2.03 USD).

HTC hasn't yet quit the smartphone business, as the company is expected to launch the HTC U12, a dual-camera flagship phone for 2018. However, after Google acquired HTC's smartphone design and engineering teams, his position was somewhat redundant.

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What that means is HTC has not exited the smartphone business, at least not completely. It is, however, reported by some local news sources that the departure is part of Chang's plan to establish an AI startup later this year.

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. Some speculate that the HTC U12 might be the company's last flagship, but nothing is confirmed at this point. Over the past couple of years, he's been at the helm of HTC's switch in design language with the U Ultra and the U 11 variants.

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