HTC’s head of design Jonah Becker is leaving the company after just under a year in the position. He confirmed the news on Twitter last night, noting that the news actually marks the end of a 17-year stint at One & Co., the design firm he co-founded which HTC acquired six years ago.
It's been an amazing seventeen year journey with One & Co and HTC, but it's time for a new adventure. Stay tuned for details of what's next.
— Jonah Becker (@JonahABecker) March 26, 2015
It’s unclear exactly why Becker is leaving now, though it’s hard to ignore the fact that HTC seems to be burning through designers at a very high rate. Last April, the company’s previous design chief Scott Croyle left to focus on his own projects. He currently works as VP of product and design at Nextbit Systems, a San Francisco startup.
HTC confirmed the news in a quick statement to The Verge, revealing that Daniel Hundt, who currently serves as creative director, will take over Becker’s position. The company recently reshuffled its hierarchy, with co-founder Cher Wan taking over as CEO and Peter Chou stepping down to a role as head of the Future Development Lab.
It looks like HTC is really ready to shake things, but what does it mean for the company moving forward?