HTC has announced the acquisition of two Sony Ericsson executives aimed at keeping the company competitive in the rapidly evolving and tumultuous smartphone world.
â€œAs 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,â€ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. â€œTodayâ€™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.â€
Kouji Kodera, previously head of products for Sony Ericsson, will be HTCâ€™s new Chief Product Officer and will be responsible for HTCâ€™s global product portfolio planning and management.
Ron Louks, HTCâ€™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 HTCâ€™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 Ericssonâ€™s smartphones despite the companyâ€™s problems, rather than being let go for causing them.
Read the full press release here.