HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang resigns

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

According to HTC, Chang joined the Taiwanese smartphone brand in April 2012 as chief financial officer after leaving the U.S-based investment bank Goldman Sachs. However, it remains to be seen how active HTC will be in that sector, now that its talented mobile team is over at Google.

Engadget received further confirmation of Chang's departure with a statement from HTC.

HTC's been struggling to find a strong foothold in the smartphone space for quite some time now, and matters aren't going to be helped in this regard following the announcement that HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, has resigned.

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His position seemed useless as HTC sold nearly all of its smartphone design and engineering team to Google. Publicly, however, Chang's reason for resigning is listed as "personal career plan" on HTC's investor website.

What that means is HTC has not exited the smartphone business, at least not completely. 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. 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. It will be a dual-camera flagship phone by HTC.

HTC hasn't fared well in the smartphone market over the past few years and after having sold off much of its smartphone division to Google, some top positions at what's left behind seem to become redundant.

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