Jon French is set to be the latest high profile departure from troubled handset manufacturer HTC.
It is unclear where French is headed and whether he will remain in Dubai or return to the UK. Oliver Schulte, VP of commercial operations, will take over French's role on an interim basis.
Mobile revealed French's departure last week. Industry veteran French moved to Dubai in May 2011 to take on his current role as HTC’s Middle East and Africa vice-president.
French joined HTC in May 2009 as executive director, overseeing the manufacturer’s rapid rise to become one of the top selling Android handset manufacturers in the UK. In March 2011 he was promoted to VP of sales operations in the UK and Ireland.
Industry experts speculated this week whether French is a contender for the role of UK and Ireland MD at Blackberry, which was vacated by Rob Orr this month, who has moved to head up Samsung’s drive into b2b.
HTC has lost a number of its top executives this year as sales continue to fall. UK head Phil Roberson, who took on French’s role in October 2011, left earlier this year. His departure was closely followed by head of sales Mike Coombes, head of marketing James Atkins and EMEA president Florian Seiche.
HTC had pinned its hopes on the HTC One turning around its fortunes this year. However its launch has been marred by manufacturing and supply delays and by concerted competition from Samsung.
In a statement HTC said: 'We can confirm that Jon French will be leaving HTC. We would like to thank Jon for his contribution to HTC’s business in recent years and wish him well for his future plans. Oliver Schulte, VP of Commercial Operations, will assume Jon’s responsibilities whilst a new lead is confirmed for the MEA region.'