AllThingsD has just broken the news, that former Palm CEO and HP employee, Jon Rubinstein has left HP effective immediately. This news doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, as Rubinstein’s been quite in the recent months and when the webOS platform and device were killed off, I don’t think many people expect Rubinstien to stay around as long as he did.
As far as HP goes, they issued the typical PR spin and simply said… “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well.” The only thing about this statement is that it can be taken in a few ways. We don’t know Jon’s contract that he had with HP, he could have been held to it since Palm was purchased and now he is free to leave since it possibly expired or he could have left voluntarily after he finished webOS’s transfer to open source or perhaps he was edged out of the company because he wasn’t needed anymore.
After his departure, Rubinstein did contact The Verge and told them the following about what he plans to do next.
“Going to take some well deserved time off after four and a half years developing webOS.”
The Verge has an exclusive interview with Rubinstein concerning his departure from HP, which you can check out in the link below.