Jon Rubinstein left Apple to take over Palm and after HP’s acquisition of the company he was on board with Hewlett-Packard. He left the company after completing his commitment to stay 12-to 24-months. “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well”, said HP’s Mylene Mangalindan.
“I am going to take a well-deserved break after four and a half years of developing webOS”, Rubinstein said. He worked hard on the iPod team over at Apple until he joined Roger McNamee in 2006 as the two created Elevation Partners. Jon Rubinstein became CEO of Palm in 2009 replacing Ed Colligan, where he helped turn Palm OS into webOS that shipped with the Palm Pre.
After HP took over Palm and killed webOS, Jon Rubinstein was assigned to a “product innovation role” within HP’s Personal Systems Group. “That innovation’ gig he was given in July was his first step toward the exit,” said a former Palm executive close to Rubinstein.