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Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein Leaves Hewlett-Packard

Jan. 27, 2012

Jeremy C. Owens


Former Palm CEO and Apple (AAPL) executive Jon Rubinstein has left Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), where he has worked since the Palo Alto tech giant acquired Palm.

An HP spokesman confirmed Rubinstein's departure in a brief statement, saying: "Jon has fulfilled his commitment to HP. We wish him well."

He was CEO of Sunnyvale-based Palm when Hewlett-Packard agreed to acquire it for $1.2 billion in April 2010, and has been an HP executive since.

Rubinstein was originally in charge of WebOS, the mobile operating system Palm developed, but moved to an unidentified position within the company last summer after the release of the TouchPad, HP's WebOS-based tablet computer. The TouchPad failed to get HP footing in the tablet market, and the company marked them down and sold them at a loss just a month after originally releasing them.

Hewlett-Packard has since said it will release WebOS to the open-source community, seemingly giving up on a return for the extravagant price it paid for Palm.

Rubinstein has a storied career in Silicon Valley that includes working closely with Steve

Jobs both at NeXT and Apple, where Rubinstein was a driving force behind the original iPod and iMac.

In an interview with technology website The Verge, Rubinstein said he would return to the tech world eventually.

"I'm not retiring or anything. I've never really retired. I'm gonna take a little break for a while, take my time, figure out what I want to do next," he said.

Source: (c) 2012 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)

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