Pre designer Peter Skillman leaves Palm

In the wake of HP CEO Mark Hurd’s unexpected resignation, the company has been hit with another high-profile departure. TechCrunch has confirmed that Pre designer and 11-year Palm veteran Peter Skillman has left the building. The motives behind Skillman’s departure aren’t mentioned, but he’s hardly the first Palm executive to jump ship.

As TechCrunch notes, Skillman is was one of four Palm employees hand-picked by former CEO Jon Rubinstein to head up the Pre team. The others have already fled the coop, one landing at Twitter, another at Google, and the third at Intel. It’s unclear where this latest Palm alum might pop up.

HP has already confirmed that it sees opportunities for Palm’s webOS in the smartphone space, so we’ll likely see a follow-up to the Pre at some point. With the original team now gone, however, the next webOS-based smartphone may bear little resemblance to the original. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing given the Pre’s sluggish sales. HP already has a very slick operating system in webOS. All it needs is a cutting-edge handset to match.

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    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    palm was ok back in the black an white screen days when it was just a pda/calendar/memo device. not much has advanced beyond that.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, webOS isn’t much of an advance beyond that…

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    Papermaster and Skillman sound like an awesome, slightly nerdy crime fighting duo.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    Papermaster and Skillman…

    I gotta get one of these cool last names. There seems to be a direct correlation between your last name and your potential for a VP/executive position.

      • wobbles-grogan
      • 9 years ago

      Gates? Jobs? Palmisano?

        • Grigory
        • 9 years ago

        Palmisano is great on pizza.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        Dell. But that’s because /[

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