Carl Pei has in many ways become the public face of OnePlus, along with fellow co-founder Pete Lau. But now, after seven years with the company, Pei announced he is leaving a blog post on OnePlus community forums. It is unclear if there was any specific reason for his departure.
Rumors suggest Pei is moving on to a new adventure. It would be unreasonable to assume that he might be able to do this later, but Pei’s own post does not imply that that was the main reason for his departure:
“I do not regret trusting my gut feeling, and this time it was no different. In recent years, the OnePlus has been my singular focus, and everyone else needs to take a backseat. I look forward to taking some time to inform and reach out to my family and friends. And then follow my heart to what comes next. “
Other, unconfirmed rumors suggest a fall with Lau, but Pei thanked him for his post:
I am eternally grateful to Pete for taking a chance on this kid without a college degree, which is not in his name but a dream. Trust, mentorship, and camaraderie will never be forgotten. Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Pei helped start OnePlus when he was 24 and became one of the key players responsible for building the company’s brand, most recently leading the launch of the Nord line.
Aside from corporate gossip, I expect to see where Pei ends up, but I expect he will take that time to decompress. We can all use it, after this year.
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Published October 17, 2020 – 00:24 UTC