HTC has lost another key director with the departure of retail sales director Damian Gowland to Huawei.
News of Gowland’s departure comes just two months after HTC’s networks sales director Daniel Webb quit the manufacturer to join Google. Gowland will join Huawei’s sales team, reporting to sales director Rhys Saunders.
HTC has yet to announce a replacement for either Webb or Gowland, who shared joint responsibility for sales. Filling their roles is crucial as HTC continues to battle to strengthen its position in the UK market.
Gowland and Webb’s roles were created following a major management restructuring at HTC in the summer of 2013. The role of sales director, previously held by Mike Coombes, who left in early 2013, was split, with Gowland taking on the role of sales director for retail and distribution, and Webb becoming sales director for networks.
Gowland joined HTC as account director for sales and distribution in 2011, and took on the role of sales director for retail and distribution in July 2013. He also worked for Phones 4u between 2007 and 2009 as head of propositions, leaving the retailer to join as director of Simple Solutions, an M2M cellular products supplier.
Before joining Phones 4u, Gowland was senior growth and retention manager at Orange from 2005 to 2007. He joined Orange from Telefonica, where he held the post of online marketing manager for more than two years.
Both HTC and Huawei were unavailable for comment as Mobile went to press.