The man behind the HTC One design is leaving HTC

HTC’s head of design Scott Croyle will be leaving the company to work on his own projects, though for the time being, he will stay involved with the company in some way.

HTC described the move as a “long-term transition”, " HTC remains at the forefront of smartphone innovation. Scott Croyle will be focusing on special projects and dedicated on next generation developments."

Croyle will occupy this transitional role while handing off his full set of responsibilities, and his second-in-command, Jonah Becker, is likely to take over most of his duties and step up to lead HTC's San Francisco studio

In a potentially related move, Drew Bamford has been promoted from overseeing the Sense user experience to being in charge of all HTC software and services. " Drew Bamford is an experienced and talented leader at HTC with solid track records in leading and building our user experience team. Effective immediately, in addition to his current duties in product development and user experience, Drew will lead HTC Creative Labs and focus on innovative new products and user experience strategies." HTC said.