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Palm Replaces CEO with Apple Exec

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

Palm has appointed former Apple executive Jon Rubinstein as its new chief executive officer.

With the launch of Palm’s new Pre handset still fresh, the news that Ed Colligan had decided to step down as CEO after16 years with the company is slightly surprising.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson for Palm said "[Colligan has] accomplished what he's set forth to do and now [Rubinstein] is the right person to step up and take the company into the next era."

Palm has decided to replace Colligan with none other than former iPod guru, Jon Rubinstein who joined the company as an executive chairman in the Fall of last year. Rubinstein left Apple in 2006 (after 10 years of service) but a non-compete agreement prevented him from taking a position with any of the Cupertino company’s competitors.

Palm said Wednesday that Rubinstein will take control of Palm on June 12, while Ed Colligan will take up a position at Elevation Partners, a company which is managed by former Apple CFO Fred Anderson and owns a 22 percent stake in Palm.

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    drunknmunkys , June 11, 2009 3:44 PM
    So what are the implications of this?
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    DjEaZy , June 11, 2009 4:10 PM
    ... maybe apple will buy palm?
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    Hanin33 , June 11, 2009 4:11 PM
    it's a small world of executives.. not really surprising to see them jump from company to company as such... if all the huff and puff about apple is true, this will mean nothing for palm since his royal highness and supreme chancellor steve jobs is the true brains behind apple!
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    theuerkorn , June 11, 2009 4:21 PM
    Given the track record of the last 3 - 4 years (virtually no innovation), forget about the Pre for argument's sake, I would say it's about time. No idea if the new guy does better, but it's a start.