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HTC CEO gets hands-on with product development

Chief steps in to try and resuscitate struggling smartphone maker.

HTC chief executive Peter Chou has handed some duties to the company's chairwoman as the smartphone maker struggles to claw back market share from Apple and Samsung.

Chief executive Peter Chou is temporarily focusing on innovation and product development after HTC's latest One handset failed to arrest a slide in the company's share of the global smartphone business, according to the FT.

Cher Wang, chairwoman and company co-founder, is stepping up her duties to include sales, marketing and supplier relationship, it said.

H. T. Chou, another co-founder, has returned to the company to head certain phone projects, said a source with knowledge of the matter.

HTC, which posted its first quarterly loss this month, has struggling to compete with the the product and marketing might of Apple and Samsung - woes that have been exacerbated by supply-chain constraints and internal turmoil.

Once ranked among the top five phonemakers by shipments, HTC has now fallen out of the top 10, according to Gartner.

HTC officials were not immediately available for comment.

Shares of HTC fell 1.1 per cent minutes after market opened, lagging the main index's 0.06 percent dip.

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