Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein Steps Down From HP

Jon Rubinstein was a former Apple executive that became the CEO of Palm. Rubinstein oversaw Palm’s acquisition by HP. Rubinstein has stepped down from HP effective today, but he does not have any immediate plans. He had completed a 12-24 month commitment to stay with HP after the acquisition.

“I am going to take a well deserved break after four and a half years of developing webOS,” stated Rubinstein. Rubinstein left Apple in 2006 to join Roger McNamee as a partner at private equity firm Elevation Partners. Rubinstein replaced Palm CEO Ed Colligan in 2009. He oversaw the development of the webOS smartphone operating system.

Rubinstein’s departure is no surprise because the fate of webOS at HP has been tossed around by current CEO Meg Whitman and former CEO Léo Apotheker. Rubinstein was rarely seen at HP’s offices after Apotheker announced that they will be either shutting down or trying to sell off webOS.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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