Palm names iPod guru as CEO

Palm has appointed Jon Rubinstein – formerly Apple’s iPod division head – as chairman and CEO

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By  Nathan Statz Published  June 11, 2009

Smartphone manufacturer, Palm, has appointed Jon Rubinstein as chairman and CEO of the company. The promotion comes just two years after Rubinstein left his position as the head of Apple’s iPod division to become Palm’s executive chairman.

Rubinstein takes over from Ed Colligan, who is stepping down after sixteen years at the helm. According to a statement released by Palm, Colligan is planning to take some time off then join Elevation Partners.

"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,” said Rubinstein.

The announcement follows on from a busy couple of months at Palm, with the launch of the Palm Pre and the continued development of the company’s webOS.

"I'm very proud of what Palm has accomplished so far," said Colligan. "We pioneered two major product categories and I believe we are on our way to defining the standard for the mobile web. I'm extremely proud of our team, and grateful to have played a role in turning Palm around. I know that Jon, the Board and the Palm executive team will do an incredible job driving Palm to new heights."

Palm has also announced that Rubinstein will be hosting the company’s earnings call on June 25, along with Doug Jeffries, CFO at Palm.

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