Innovation chief ends HTC stint

Taiwanese smartphone maker has part ways with chief innovation officer, Horace Luke, who cited "personal reasons" as his premise for leaving, according to report.

Former Chief Innovation Officer Horace Luke left Taiwanese handset maker HTC as of Apr. 30 this year, citing "personal reasons" for his departure, a news report stated.

Technology Web site, BGR, reported on Monday that Luke was responsible for nurturing a culture of innovation at HTC, currently one of the biggest Android developers, and instilled a strong consumer design focus among its employees. He was with the company since November 2006 when he gave up his post at Microsoft where he ran the creative departments for products including Xbox, Windows XP and Windows Mobile.

"We are grateful for Horace's many contributions to HTC and wish him well in his future endeavors," the company said in a media statement.

Taking over Luke's portfolio is Scott Croyle, HTC's vice president of design, the report added.