HP Hires Ex-Apple Exec For webOS

Hewlett Packard (HP) has hired former Apple executive Richard Kerris to help the company generate developers' interest in its new webOS platform.

According to Apple Insider, Kerris will join HP as the vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Kerris, who was previously the senior director of worldwide developer relations at Apple, will be responsible for pitching webOS to developers.

If developers can be persuaded to work on webOS, more apps and tools can be created for the revamped operating system, increasing its ability to compete with other, more established platforms.

"I'm excited about the potential for this growing ecosystem of devices," Kerris said in a statement on the Palm blog.

"The road will be tough at times, but the payoff will be huge—and we'll get there by listening to and working with our developers."

Kerris most recently worked for LucasFilm, where, as Chief Technology Officer, he leveraged technology developed internally across the various LucasFilm business units, such as Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts, HP said.