HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

Summary: HP will install Stephen DeWitt as general manager of its webOS unit. Jon Rubinstein, who led webOS at Palm and HP, will take "a product innovation role" at HP's PC unit.

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HP said Monday that it will install Stephen DeWitt as general manager of its webOS unit. Jon Rubinstein, who led webOS at Palm and HP, will take "a product innovation role" at HP's PC unit.

The move comes amid HP's launch of its webOS-powered TouchPad. The aim for HP is to grow the number of apps connected to the webOS as well as integrate it with the company's PCs and printers.

In a statement, Todd Bradley, chief of HP's PC unit, said:

DeWitt has a proven ability to build and scale organizations into global, multibillion dollar operations, and I am confident that he will take webOS to the next level. At the same time, we continue to leverage the core strengths of Silicon Valley icon Jon Rubinstein to apply his considerable talents across the PSG portfolio.

DeWitt led HP's personal systems groups in the Americas and will be replaced by Stephen DiFranco. He will get webOS and its future development. Rubinstein will continue to report Bradley and oversee the connections between product lines. Rubinstein added that the launch of the latest webOS and TouchPad was a good time to move to something new.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, Operating Systems

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  • RE: HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

    Acquiring webOS was a mistake. The handsets are being dropped by major carriers, and HP is getting nowhere. Backstabbing MS, their primary partner, was a blunder. They've miscalculated the major powers in the marketplace, and are now left on their own to watch all the hard-earned billions do down the drain for nothing.
    OxBAADFOOD
    • RE: HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

      @HalfAKilo
      Nope, you don't get it. Getting their first HP webOS devices on AT&T and Verizon, as well as positioning themselves to do well in Europe and Asia, hardly counts as "being dropped by major carriers". In a few years, I think that you'll see that webOS's successful roles in mobile devices will only be a part of what webOS is intended to be--a system to truly make the cloud happen. And I think that you'll see that MS will still be a strategic partner.
      timocue@...
    • RE: HP swaps WebOS leaders, Rubinstein gets 'product innovation role'

      @HalfAKilo

      You are thinking far too small.

      HP will not only use WebOS for mobile phones, but for all sorts of devices. While iOS, Android, WP7 and so forth seem to only be intended for phones and tablets, at least at the moment, HP intention is for WebOS to be the underlying OS on all of their devices. HP will use WebOS as a second bootable OS on computers and laptops. It will also be used in devices, such as printers, therein creating a giant eco-system of WebOS connected devices.

      WebOS may or may not be a success on mobile phones over time, but in due course it will likely be a success across many other products.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • It is funny that HP calls Rubinstein 'visionary' behind WebOS since he was

    ... hardware guy at Apple.

    <b>What Rubenstein did was taking with himself to Palm few other Apple's employees whose ideas Jobs declined from being used in iOS</b>. However, even the declined ideas were so good, that some of them were no worse that ended up used in the final release of iOS in 2007. Just somewhat different approach.
    DDERSSS