HP Brain Drain Continues as Apple Veteran Chuq von Rospach Leaves

The brain drain at Hewlett Packard continues with the news that former Apple veteran Chuq von Rospach, webOS developer relations community manager, is heading to pastures new.

The news comes following HP's decision to release the webOS platform it acquired as part of its purchase of PDA pioneer Palm under an open source licence, following an earlier choice to close down its webOS smartphone and tablet hardware division.

Von Rospach claims that his decision has nothing to do with HP's handling of webOS, but instead "is a decision I've been pondering for a while.

"I've been in this role for almost three years and a couple of months ago I realized it was time to make a change. Back in October, I had a company come and recruit me and I decided it was an opportunity that I had to pursue. This has nothing to do with any of the announcements in the last couple of weeks. I think the decision to move webOS to an Open Source project is a great one and it's one I support fully and hope you will as well.

"This wasn't an easy decision. The DevRel team is the best group of people I've ever been honored to work with, and you, the developers, have been awesome and I'm proud to call many of you friends. I'm going to miss all of that, while I go off and try to build something similar for a new company in my new role.

"Before I go, I wanted to make sure I said thank you to all of you for making this an amazing three year journey, and thanks for being a group of people that really made this a fun and fascinating time," von Rospach concluded.