Matthew Costello, chief operating officer at HTC, has reportedly departed the company and his duties will be taken over by Fred Liu, HTC's engineering and operating president.

The information is reportedly from an email sent by Liu to HTC's employees. The email stated that after returning to Europe, Costello will continue to work as executive consultant to the company.

In December 2010, the Taiwanese smartphone maker appointed Costello, former vice president of Sony Ericsson worldwide, as new chief operating officer of the company, reporting to Liu. Costello was responsible for all of HTC's businesses, including manufacturing, supply, procurement, customer service, and technical structure.

Over the past two years, four senior executives at HTC left the company, covering financial, design, and marketing sectors. At the beginning of June 2013, HTC confirmed that Lennard Hoornik, chief executive officer for HTC Asia Pacific resigned. Prior to that, Jason Gordon, vice president for global enterprise and marketing communications, and Kouji Kodera, chief product officer, also left the company. In addition, global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland, digital marketing director John Starkweather, and product strategy manager Eric Lin bid their farewells to HTC.

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