CONFIRMED: Carl Pei leaves OnePlus after 7 years at the company

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed that he’s leaving the company for good via a post on OnePlus’ community forum. A few days ago, it was speculated that he had left the company especially when he went all quiet after the OnePlus Nord was launched.

In his farewell message, Carl thanked Pete Lau for giving him the opportunity despite not having a college degree. He shared that he joined the company when he was 24 years old and he had learned a lot including presenting a product on stage and to manage a team.

He added that during his tenure at OnePlus, the company has been his singular focus and everything else had to take a backseat. Carl didn’t reveal where he’s heading to next but said that he will take some time off to decompress and catch up with his family and friends.

His departure from OnePlus was a big surprise as he’s often seen as the face of the brand. During his tenure, the OnePlus 2 was the first product to be launched in VR, while the OnePlus Nord was said to be the first device to launch in full-fledged AR experience.

Before OnePlus, Carl had worked briefly at Nokia in 2010 before joining Meizu in 2011. The following year, he joined Oppo as the international markets manager and eventually founded OnePlus together with Pete Lau.

At the moment, OnePlus is led by CEO Pete Lau who also has a role to oversee other sister brands in the group including Oppo and Realme.

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