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Richard Kerris Leaves HP Following webOS Discontinuation

Hewlett Packard's vice president for worldwide developer relations Richard Kerris has left the company for other opportunities.

Kerris, who has worked as the chief technology officer at Lucas Films, joined HP in February 2011. His role was the promote Palm's webOS platform among developers worldwide and engage in dialogue with them about the operating system.

With HP announcing the discontinuation of webOS based hardware devices, there was not much left for Kerris to do.

According to WebOSRoundUp, HP confirmed the departure of the webOS evangelist in a statement.

"Richard Kerris, vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately. We are grateful for his service and contributions he has made to HP and the webOS community," the company said.

HP had caused uproar after announcing that it was planning to shut down the webOS hardware line after launching a single webOS based tablet called the TouchPad. The company had said that it plans to use the software elsewhere.