Another Chinese industry source points out a split of Spreadtrum's
R&D team in two factions -- an original Spreadtrum team and a group
that came from MobilePeak.
He said that some complain Zou's style is too
R&D-focused than being practical, while others voice their
dissatisfaction with the financial arrangements made when MobilePeak was
acquired by Spreadtrum.
The source who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, observed, "It looks like the original Spreadtrum team getting
charge of the [engineering] project now."
It is not unusual that some employees’ dissatisfaction over pre- or
post-IPO financial arrangements lead to a serious disruption of a
company’s business when they’re not managed correctly and swiftly.
example, Actions Semiconductor, another China fabless, faced an
internal eruption over shares earned after the company’s IPO. By 2007,
70 percent of Actions’ senior engineers left the company, which set the
company back at least for several years. Worse, those who left Actions
formed a competing company called Allwinner in Actions’ backyard.
not clear whether Zou’s termination was meant to be a preemptive
strike on the part of Spreadtrum to avoid further turmoil.
In announcing Zou’s immediate departure, Spreadtrum said he will be eligible for the relevant severance benefits.
Spreadtrum is scheduled to announce its Q1 report on May 8th.