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HTC Design Chief Jonah Becker Exits, Second to Leave in a Year

Becker, like fellow former design chief Scott Croyle, worked at One & Co., a design firm acquired by HTC six years ago.

Ina Fried

HTC design chief Jonah Becker is leaving the Taiwanese phone maker — the second person in his position to do so in the past year.

Becker assumed the phone design helm last year, following the exit of Scott Croyle, who is now at startup NextBit.

“It’s been an amazing seventeen year journey with One & Co and HTC, but it’s time for a new adventure,” Becker said on Twitter. “Stay tuned for details of what’s next.”

Both Becker and Croyle worked at One & Co, a design firm acquired by HTC. Croyle tweeted out a photo of the two, along with One & Co. veteran Claude Zellweger, who remains at HTC.

“Good luck on your next step,” Croyle said to Becker, also wishing luck to Zellweger and HTC.

For its part, HTC thanked Becker for his contributions over the past six years. “We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” it said in a statement.

HTC said that Becker’s role is being assumed by Daniel Hundt, who is based in the company’s San Francisco design office.

HTC’s latest flagship design — the HTC One M9 — was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is due to go on sale next month.

Becker’s exit also follows HTC’s move last week to name Cher Wang as CEO, replacing longtime chief Peter Chou, who remains at the company as head of a new “Future Development Lab.”

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