Scary: HTC poaches Sony Ericsson executives to streamline product development

Great move or Portent of disaster HTC has announced the acquisition of two Sony Ericsson executives aimed at keeping the company competitive in the rapidly evolving and tumultuous smartphone world.

“As the smartphone industry expands at this lightning pace, it is essential for HTC to grow its management capabilities from within while also adding outside expertise,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Today’s announcement is not just a signal of our current growth and progress, but of our vision for bringing unique smartphones to people all over the world.”

Kouji Kodera, previously head of products for Sony Ericsson, will be HTC’s new Chief Product Officer and will be responsible for HTC’s global product portfolio planning and management.

Ron Louks, HTC’s new Chief Strategy Office, previously the chief technology officer at Sony Ericsson, will be responsible driving new strategic initiatives, technology incubation and will work closely with HTC’s engineering and operation departments.

Now I am sure many of our readers agree Sony Ericsson has not exactly been a role model for creating innovative smartphones and delivering them on time in recent years.  One can only hope that their previous head of products and chief technology officer was managed to deliver Sony Ericsson’s smartphones despite the company’s problems, rather than being let go for causing them.

Read the full press release here.

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