HTC nabs two executives from Sony Ericsson

HTC snagged two senior executives from rival Sony Ericsson, but the Taiwanese smartphone maker also said that one of its own top executives is leaving the firm.

The company said it hired Ron Louks as its chief strategy officer and Kouji Kodera as its chief product officer. Louks, the former CTO of Sony Ericsson, will be responsible for driving new strategic initiatives and technology incubation at HTC. Kodera, formerly Sony Ericsson's head of products, will run HTC's global product portfolio planning and management.

In addition to the hires, HTC said Jason Juang, a senior executive vice president at HTC, has left the company "to pursue other opportunities."

HTC, which said earlier this month that its second-quarter unaudited net profit rose 33 percent amid surging sales, also made some internal changes to its corporate structure. Jason Mackenzie, previously vice president of HTC North America, was promoted to president of HTC North America and Latin America. David Chen, previously HTC's vice president of product development, was promoted to chief engineering officer. And Florian Seiche, who was  previously vice president of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa, was named president of HTC EMEA.

HTC has benefited from its high-profile Android devices, like the Droid Incredible for Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and the HTC Evo for Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), but is also going to return to its roots this fall and promote Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. 

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