HTC Reorganizes U.S. Operations
HTC has modified its business operations in the U.S., reports the Wall Street Journal. According to an email obtained by the Journal, President of Global Sales Jason Mackenzie will now lead HTC America. Mackenzie was previously responsible for HTC's U.S. operations for about a year before taking on his global role in 2011. The U.S. has historically been HTC's strongest market, but CEO Peter Chou indicated that other markets will soon surpass the U.S. Further, Mike Woodward will lead a newly established business unit called Emerging Devices, which will be responsible for developing new HTC products as well as managing global distribution plans. The changes are effective immediately, and follow several high-profile departures within the company earlier this year.
HTC Exec Jason Mackenzie Departs After 12 Years
HTC executive vice president Jason Mackenzie said today will be his last day with the company. Mackenzie has been with HTC since 2005.
HTC to Trim Workforce by 15%
HTC announced that it will take several cost-cutting measures, including the elimination of jobs. HTC plans to cut about 2,250 employees, or 15% of its headcount by the end of the year, in order save money.
HTC Appoints Cher Wang as CEO
HTC today promoted Cher Wang, co-founder and chairman of HTC, to the CEO position. Wang is replacing long-time CEO Peter Chou, who is transitioning to a product development role.
HTC's Design Chief Departs After One Year at the Helm
Jonah Becker, HTC's VP of Industrial Design, announced he is departing the company. Becker joined One & Co., a design firm bought by HTC, 17 years ago.
HTC to Pursue Array of Connected Devices
HTC plans to broaden the scope of its business during the course of 2015 to include more connected devices across its portfolio. HTC pointed to the recent release of the RE camera and its partnership with Under Armour as examples spearheading its new efforts.
It's A Shame
They should really listen to their long time supporters. They may not be in this position if they had.
Many complaints had been made by many toward the direction of eliminating removeable batteries. HTC claimed in order to meet the criteria of making the device slimmer in design, eliminating access to the battery allowed this to happen. However, when truth was told that Samsung was able to meet a slimmer design than the ONE and still retain access to the battery, HTC bluntly said that I and others are free to choose another company.
Myself, as well as four of my constituents, took them up on that offer. I can only imagine ...