HTC chairman and co-founder Cher Wang has been appointed chief executive officer of the company in a move that will see Peter Chou take on a new role leading future product innovation.In announcing the move, HTC stated over the past two years Wang has been increasingly involved in the running of various aspects of the business, allowing Chou to focus on product development.
HTC stated the board of directors and executive team agreed “it was now appropriate to formalise that progression and make the organisational changes necessary to enable HTC to proceed to the next stage of its development”.
As industry evolves, Wang said HTC will be focusing beyond smartphones.
“We are seeing rapid changes in the industry, with the smartphone as our personal hub connecting us to a growing world of smart devices,” she stated. “We pioneered the smartphone industry – now we are applying that thinking to realise the potential of a new generation of connected products and services.
“The overwhelming response that our virtual reality product, HTC Vive, received earlier this month underlines the importance of these new connected technologies for our future.”
In recent times, HTC has introduced a number of different products in addition to its smartphone line-up, including its Vive virtual reality headset and Re camera, with its Grip fitness tracker also set to launch soon.