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WSJ: Chinese ZTE "aggressively poaching talent" from the likes of BlackBerry and Motorola

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Chinese ZTE -- the parent company behind the trending Nubia brand -- is "aggressively poaching talent" from BlackBerry and Motorola, reports the Wall Street Journal. So far, fewer than 20 people have been recruited, but apparently the company is intent on continuing its effort, and even has a special division within its HR department that will see to it. According to the report, this move is a part of ZTE's expansion efforts.

While such hires would have been difficult in the past, with both BlackBerry and Motorola in a financial twist, now seems like the perfect opportunity for ZTE to get some proven talent on its roster. "We hope the talent from BlackBerry can enhance our product security and design capability", said Adam Zeng, head of ZTE's mobile devices division. Recently, his company managed to recruit Cao Tang, a former Motorola Mobility handset marketing exec. What's more, it appears the company has put an emphasis on able-bodied talent with international background, in order to help it expand in North America, where it already sells devices like the Nubia Z5S and Z5S mini.

All of this makes a whole lot of sense -- while ZTE is mostly known for its network equipment arm, which is the source of over half of its revenue, some 30% of that pie are attributed to the company's handset business. And that business is flailing, according to recent sales figures from China, where the company went from an 8% market share down to 5%. Indeed, competition from rising star Xiaomi and incumbent Lenovo (which is about to swallow Motorola whole) appears to be a tad too much for ZTE, whose products suffer from weak brand recognition and "unattractive design" according to analysts. If ZTE plays its cards right, however, this may very well change in the coming few years, and it seems that's what the company is shooting for. As always, time will tell.

source: WSJ

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posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:39 7

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I highly doubt that everyone looking at girl than phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:16 6

5. Miracles (Posts: 458; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


The phone is obscuring my view lol

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:25 3

8. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


She was also "poached" by zte. She haz talents.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:43 1

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2099; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


They need new models.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 08:53 3

3. INCOMPARABLE (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


What a beautful GIRL :O

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:15 3

4. CyberFalcon (Posts: 84; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


who cares abt the mobile...

i can't stop staring at her...
She is damn gorgeous...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:21 3

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2323; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Sexy...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 09:55 4

7. JOHNNY8573 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


oh...right...the phone

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:52 1

9. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1688; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I love PA. The pictures accompanying the title of their articles is so interesting and beautiful. Best tech site ever!

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 10:55 2

10. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Her number? O.o o.O

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 11:02 3

11. shahrooz (Posts: 107; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Marry me or I will marry you young lady.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 11:45 2

12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Wait didn't the Chinese government give ZTE like 20 billion dollars in loans or something? And they're STILL flailing?! LOL.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 14:54 2

13. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


...and at the end of the day, ZTE will still make low-quality, unreliable junk.

However, yes, the girl in the pic is mad fine. She's Alyssa Milano hot...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 19:22

14. billgates (Posts: 312; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Shouldn't they be poaching kids to work for 5 cents a day?

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