HTC boss man Peter Chou really seems to be a glass-half-full kind of guy. To most people, the recent spate of HTC executives jumping ship indicates just how deep-seated the troubles plaguing the company really are.
To Chou, however, the staff upheavals are the result of deliberate 'actions to streamline our business', and the quality of the HTC One proves those actions have been worth it.
We've already reported on the departure of several high-profile HTC execs over the past few months, and this week has seen another departure: that of chief operating officer Matthew Costello – probably the most senior name yet to throw in the towel.
However, here's what Chou had to say when questioned about it by Slashgear: “actions to streamline our business resulted in some reorganisation and executive departures, but initial sales of the One have validated our approach.”
We're not altogether sure we buy that, as the HTC One was surely developed with the involvement of the staff members in question, so “the quality of the HTC One”, as Chou puts it, simply shows what a loss the departures actually are.
Or maybe not. After all, he's CEO of HTC and I'm not, so probably best to go with his version of things. Here's Chou's comments in full:
“To achieve success, we’ve had to change when it was right for the business. Recently was one of those times. We took control of our business, narrowed our focus, and launched our new HTC One.
“Actions to streamline our business resulted in some reorganisation and executive departures, but initial sales of the One have validated our approach. Response for our flagship device has been strong and demand has exceeded our expectations.
“We are confident that the business steps we have taken and continue to take are the right ones to lead to a strong resurgence of the HTC brand.”
Brilliant stuff. For the record, Costello will actually continue in an “executive advisor” capacity, moving from Taiwan to Europe.
One thing that isn't in dispute is Chou's claims of a strong response to the HTC One's release. Just this week HTC revealed a 50% jump in revenues from April to May, nearly all the direct result of sales of the One. Oh, and the HTC First, of course... in other words, pretty much just the One.