For some companies, their founders or CEOs tend to stay out of the limelight and instead choose to allow company executives or spokespersons to do the talking for them or on behalf of the company. For OnePlus, it wasn’t necessarily always the case, where the company’s co-founder Carl Pei has been very active on social media and in the forums.
To a certain extent, it could be said that he was the face of the company. Unfortunately, it appears that Pei’s time at OnePlus has come to an end. A report from Android Central has apparently confirmed that the co-founder has left the company ahead of the OnePlus 8T’s launch.
The report says that Pei had left OnePlus in the recent weeks and is no longer listed in the most recent version of the OnePlus organizational chart. It is unclear as to why Pei left, but it is rather surprising given how involved he was with the OnePlus Nord, and how he appeared in the Waveform podcast with YouTuber MKBHD in which he discussed the handset and the various changes and improvements OnePlus made with it.
It was suggested that based on the internal rumors, there were internal power struggles between Pei and OnePlus CEO and fellow co-founder, Pete Lau. We can only assume that Lau will now attempt to try and be more active and public following Pei’s departure. In the meantime, a report from TechCrunch has suggested that Pei will now be starting his own venture, but it is unclear as to what it might be yet.
Source: Android Central