20 October 2018
ZTE aims to expand its handset business overseas. Photo: Bloomberg
ZTE aims to expand its handset business overseas. Photo: Bloomberg

ZTE poaching Blackberry, Motorola Mobility staff

ZTE Corp. (000063.CN) is aggressively recruiting talent from struggling smartphone makers BlackBerry Ltd. and Motorola Mobility as it aims to expand its handset business overseas, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Most of the new hires from BlackBerry, including senior engineers, are currently based in Canada, but they may later move to the United States or China where they are expected to play important roles for the Chinese company, the report said, citing a person familiar with the situation.

“We hope the talent from BlackBerry can enhance our product security and design capability,” Adam Zeng, head of ZTE’s mobile device business, was quoted as saying.

ZTE has found great opportunities to recruit staff from rival firms, where prospects appear to have dimmed as they move away from the handset business. In 2013, BlackBerry shed up to 40 percent of its workforce in a bid to shore up its finances.

ZTE recently hired Cao Teng, a handset marketing expert, from Motorola Mobility.

In January, Chinese personal-computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. (00992.HK) agreed to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion, the report said.

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