Well, isn't this something? We knew that Palm
was looking to reinvent
itself after the Centro, and that was never more apparent than when the
slipping company managed to convince Apple's own Jon Rubinstein to step
in and take on a high-level management position. Jon is largely
credited with putting
the wind back in Palm's sails and pushing the
company to engineer the company's recently launched Pre.
Thus, it should come as no surprise to see many similarities between
the iPhone and the Pre. Heck, the Pre is even recognized by iTunes, and
users can sync music and multimedia to it the same way you can with
Apple's own smartphone. All parallels aside, the news here is that the
man we've been talking about is now the boss of all bosses at Palm.
After sixteen years at the helm, Ed Colligan (shown below) has decided to step aside
and allow Mr. Rubinstein to take over as CEO.
Back in October of 2007, Jon joined the company in the role of
Executive Chairman. He was tasked with "bringing innovation back to
Palm," and it's safe to say he succeeded. On June 12th, just days after
the Pre launched on Sprint, Jon will grab his neat seat in the corner
office in Sunnyvale. Of note, Colligan won't be detaching himself
entirely from the Palm lifestyle; after taking an undisclosed amount of
time off, he'll be joining Eleation Partners in order stay connected
from a distance. Given the timing here of the change, we have to
believe this was somewhat planned. Rubinstein had this to say about his
new role: "I am very excited about taking on this expanded role at
Palm. Ed and I have worked very hard together the past two years, and
I'm grateful to him for everything he's done to help set the company up
for success. With Palm webOS we have ten-plus years of innovation ahead
of us, and the Palm Pre is already one of the year's hottest new
products. Due in no small part to Ed's courageous leadership, we're in
great shape to get Palm back to continuous growth, and we plan to keep
the trajectory going upward."
With an ex-Apple employee at the top of Palm, we're truly excited to
see what'll come next. For the longest time, Palm's hardware and
software was world-class, and we're excited about it returning to form
in the future.