In what is becoming an unwelcome trend, HTC's design lead Jonah Becker said that he would be leaving the company, making this the second time in as many years the vendor has had to find a new lead designer.
VP of Industrial Design Jonah Becker announced his departure on Twitter, with Creative Director Daniel Hundt set to take over the position. Becker joined HTC when the Taiwanese manufacturer acquired his design firm One & Co., where he was joined by his fellow principals Claude Zellweger and Scott Croyle.
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
Becker was appointed lead designer last April when Croyle, who was SVP of Design and User Experience at the time, revealed that he would be leaving the company. Croyle led the team behind that designed devices such as the One M8.
In a statement to Engadget, HTC confirmed Becker's departure, stating:
We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the Company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago. We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.
The latest high-profile exit comes a week after HTC announced that chairwoman Cher Wang would take over the reins as CEO from Peter Chou, with Chou focusing his efforts on the company's Future Development Lab.