It might be interesting to be a fly on the wall at HTC these days, as it seems to be a period of transition for the company. Last week we reported that CEO Peter Chou was stepping down from the position and that Cher Wang would take over. Now HTC is losing its lead designer — for the second time in less than a year.
Jonah Becker, Scott Croyle, and Claude Zellweger joined HTC six years ago when their design firm One & Co was acquired by the company. When Croyle, who was serving as senior VP and head of product design, stepped down last year, Becker and Zellweger stepped up to fill in the void. Now, 11 months later, Becker is leaving his position as VP of industrial design.
“We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago,” HTC said. “We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.”
While there is a lot to like about the HTC One M9, we criticized the design as being a step backward from the previous iteration when we took a look at it earlier this month. It appears that Becker left HTC of his own volition, but there does seem to be an increasingly tense relationship between the company’s sales and design teams, sources speaking to Engadget said.
The circumstances behind Croyle and Becker leaving within such a short time period are unknown, but it certainly does have us curious as to whether Zellweger, the single remaining member of the One & Co team, will stay with HTC for long.