Arik Hesseldahl

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Yet Another Departure From HP’s webOS Business

On the heels of word that former Palm CEO and Hewlett-Packard webOS head Jon Rubinstein was headed for the door, there’s word of yet another executive departure from HP’s webOS business unit. The Verge reported today that Brian Hernacki, the chief architect of webOS, has bolted.

Hernacki had joined Palm in 2009 as its chief security architect, before it was acquired by HP in a $1.2 billion deal the following year. Previously, he’d spent nearly seven years at Symantec, where he was a researcher and architect.

His departure follows not only that of Rubinstein, but of Richard Kerris, the former head of webOS developer relations, who decamped for Nokia in October.

Coming as these moves do after HP’s decision to turn webOS into an open source project, one suspects they aren’t the last.


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