Former Palm CEO Takes up Product Innovation as HP Appoints New webOS Boss

Hewlett Packard has put a new executive in charge of the development of webOS operating system, moving Jon Rubinstein to a different role.

The company, fresh from the launch of the webOS based TouchPad tablet device, placed Stephen DeWitt as the senior vice president and general manager of the webOS global business unit.

DeWitt, who has previously the head of HP’s Personal Systems Group in the Americas, will be responsible for development, research, engineering and sale of webOS based devices.

The company said that DeWitt will “spearhead the creation of a fully integrated, global developer and independent software vendor program to deliver new consumer and business applications”.

Meanwhile, former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, will be the senior vice president for product innovation in the Personal Systems Group.

He had been in charge of the webOS division since Palm was acquired by HP last year. Rubinstein will be responsible for a wide range of products including PCs and printers.

“With the successful debut of our first wave of webOS-based products, we are drawing on our deep executive bench to position the right lead in the right roles to accelerate the long-term growth of webOS,” said Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of PSG.