HTC design chief heads for the door

HTC design chief heads for the door

30 MAR 2015

HTC has parted company with Jonah Becker, its US-based head of design, as the revolving door continues for its senior executives.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Becker oversaw the design of HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, One M9, having only been in place at the head of the department for around a year. His predecessor, Scott Croyle, left in April 2014, shortly after the launch of One M8.

Becker has not revealed his new destination. According to Endaget, after the departure of Becker and Croyle, only Claude Zellweger remains from One & Co – the US design firm acquired by HTC.

It was reported that Becker has been replaced by Daniel Hundt, the company’s former creative director. Zellweger is working on “connected products”.

The news comes only weeks after Peter Chou was displaced as CEO, shifting to a more product-oriented role. He was replaced by Cher Wang, chairwoman of the company.

Last year the company saw a spate of high-profile departures across departments.

HTC unveiled its latest flagship, One M9, at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, with much of the early feedback being that in terms of design, little has changed from One M8.

But the company is up against a reinvigorated Galaxy portfolio from Samsung, which has also recently announced Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

In terms of financial performance, HTC has been showing some positive signs in recent months, although stability, rather than growth, is the order of the day.

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