HP shuffles webOS leadership in move to accelerate the global expansion of webOS. Jon Rubinstein, the man behind webOS, came to HP with the Palm acquisition. Now that webOS 3.0 rolled out on the first device (TouchPad), Jon Rubinstein is handing over to Stephen DeWitt.
Jon Rubinstein has been named senior vice president for Product Innovation in the Personal Systems Group at HP. He will continue to report to Todd Bradley in this role, helping to propel innovation across product lines. HP will leverage Rubinstein's passion for building exceptional consumer products and his long history of driving game changing innovation, such as webOS.
To support this next phase of growth, HP has appointed Stephen DeWitt as senior vice president and general manager of its webOS global business unit. Jon Rubinstein, the visionary behind webOS, will assume a product innovation role within the Personal Systems Group (PSG) at HP.
"With the successful debut of our first wave of webOS-based products, we are drawing on our deep executive bench to position the right leaders in the right roles to accelerate the long-term growth of webOS," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, and member of the Executive Board, HP. "Stephen 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."
If this restructuring of the webOS team also means that the OEM of webOS to other hardware makers is happening soon is unclear. As Android gets hit by Microsoft with license fees based on patents, there is a clear opportunity for Palm to swoop in.