Peter Chou - Daniel
In a surprise announcement today, HTC has announced that the board of directors has appointed Chairman and co-founder of HTC, Cher Wang as CEO of the company, replacing Peter Chou.

The announcement comes on the heels of the global announcement of HTC’s latest flagship phone, the HTC One M9, which is currently launching in various markets around the world, including in Australia where the M9 launches this coming Tuesday.

The move is a surprise, though on background it appears that Ms. Wang has been moving towards the CEO role for sometime, with HTC advising that she has been taking a more involved role in the running of HTC, with Mr Chou focusing on product development.

Cher Wang - Daniel

Ms. Wang founded HTC back in 1997 as an original design and engineering manufacturer (ODM and OEM), for a number of major brands such as Compaq, HP and Palm before transitioning to building their own phones, launching their own branded smartphones. HTC has been at the forefront of development for smartphones, with many firsts in the industry including the first Windows Mobile and Android Smartphones.

Recently HTC has hit troubled times financially, but moves towards rebuilding their lower to mid-range product catalogue has seen growth in recent quarters, thanks to the promising smartphone announcement and the move into new product categories.

It’s the development of new products outside the core smartphone business which has drawn interest over the last few months, beginning with the launch of the RE line of accessories. The RE camera was quite well received and has recently been followed up with the RE Grip, HTC’s move into the fitness market in partnership with US based sports clothing and accessories manufacturer Under Armour.

HTC also stole the show at Mobile World Congress with their announcement of a Virtual Reality headset in partnership with software juggernaut Valve.

In line with the success of these products, Peter Chou will transition into the role of Head of HTC Future Development, with Cher Wang taking the role of Chief Executive Officer immediately. How this will effect the company on a longer term is unclear but we’ll be watching with interest.

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GreviousMcG
GreviousMcG
5 years ago

So Dan, did your beard managed to enticed these two high powered HTC executives to pose with you?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  GreviousMcG
5 years ago

Peter did say he loved my beard. Both Peter and Cher were lovely to meet, Cher was very interested in my thoughts on the Vive, very personable and smart.

Pumpino
Pumpino
5 years ago

That beard is due for a trim. ;P

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Pumpino
5 years ago

I don’t think so.
I think what it needs is a moustache thick enough to match the beard.

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Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

You love him.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
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5 years ago

IMO, Dan’s the best reporter Ausdroid has.

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Yeah he is, by far.

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Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

He goes alright haha

Jamie Saltmarsh
Jamie Saltmarsh
5 years ago

Ok, I give in. I want an M9 now and can’t wait to see the Ausdroid review, particularly how the camera performs.

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  Jamie Saltmarsh
5 years ago

Yeah same. I really don’t know which way I should go with deciding between the One M9 and Galaxy S6. I’m leaning towards the M9 but the camera is the only thing that has a question mark around it. Waiting for reviews to come out to see how the camera holds up.