Taiwanese manufacturer HTC continues to endure tough times, but its one saving grace of late has been the sexy design of flagships like the HTC One (left) and One M8.
Uhm, not to put a downer on things, but the man largely responsible for those designs is off to presumably greener pastures.
Scott Croyle has been head of HTC's industrial design and user experience teams since 2008, and his departure undoubtedly comes as a major blow to the ailing manufacturer.
But before we man the life rafts, HTC describes the move as a "long-term transition", with Scott kindly hanging around to make sure HTC doesn’t go down the toilet completely.
"HTC remains at the forefront of smartphone innovation,” insists the Taiwanese manufacturer in a statement to The Verge. “Scott Croyle will be focusing on special projects and dedicated on next generation developments."
Front-runner for the vacancy is Croyle’s right hand man, Jonah Becker, who’ll be tasked with following up the HTC One and One M8, both of which gained abundant critical and consumer acclaim for their design.
Meanwhile, Drew Bamford’s duties now extend from overseeing Sense to handling all HTC software and services. Presumably there’ll be a few extra dollars in his pay packet.
Formerly manufacturer of network-branded handsets, HTC was, for a solitary quarter, the number one smartphone manufacturer in the US. More recently it’s struggled with fierce competition from Samsung, and Chinese manufacturers including Huawei and Lenovo.