Amid stalled smartphone sales, two HTC executives are out of a job

The tough times at HTC are getting tougher for some. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that two key executives have resigned,¬†although The Verge’s¬†sources suggest both were “fired in a nice way.” Leaving the company are chief marketing officer Ben Ho and president of engineering and operations Fred Liu.
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It’s a safe bet that HTC’s marketing campaigns over the past 12 months might have impacted Ho. Last August, HTC tapped Robert Downey, Jr. in what was supposed to be a two-year ad run, but the quirky “Here’s to change” ads disappeared faster than Iron Man’s fleeing enemies. I recall seeing only two ads. Bloomberg says HTC founder and chairwoman Cher Wang has taken over for Ho.
The bigger role to fill may be Liu’s, as HTC’s smartphone sales continue to struggle.
The company eked out its first profit in nearly two years just last month but the results were influenced more by cost-cutting measures than stellar sales. Better marketing will surely help HTC, provided it can keep innovating with its mobile devices. That may include a new tablet — the company is rumored to be working with Google on a new Nexus tablet — as well as HTC’s entry into the wearable device market, which is quickly getting crowded.