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    Hi everyone,

    I have to agree that Ruby should be in charge of the reinvigoration of Palm and weaving webOS and HP into one successful company.

    I don't think Ruby should be on the short list for HP CEO. He has his hands full whipping Palm into shape!

    Without the daily need for Ruby to be seeing funds to keep Palm alive, now he can oversee the expansion of webOS 1.4x to webOS 2.0 and all of the different handheld and other formats it can be used in.

    BTW I am a very big fan of Ruby's and that is why I don't want to see him become HP's CEO.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Is HP's Ruby the 'chip head' Apple wants?
    Rick Merritt,8/9/2010 1:51 PM EDT

    http://www.eetimes.com/General/Displ...ItemId=4206011

    Jon Rubenstein (shown) may be on short lists for a top slot at both Apple and Hewlett-Packard following the exits of Mark Papermaster at Apple and Mark Hurd at HP.

    SAN JOSE, Calif. The name of at least one senior engineering manager may be on the short lists for a senior management slot at both Apple and Hewlett-Packard--Jon Rubinstein.

    Ruby, as he was known in Apple circles, could be sought after as a replacement for Mark Papermaster who reportedly left his job as senior vice president of devices hardware engineering at Apple after less than 16 months on the job. Rubinstein may also be among candidates to replace Mark Hurd, chief executive of HP who left the company Friday (Aug. 6) following a sexual harassment investigation.


    Perhaps the most likely scenario for the 52-year-old engineer is that he will stay on in his current role as head of a new mobile devices group at HP. Rubinstein joined HP in April when it acquired Palm where he was chief executive.

    Rubinstein's charter is to reinvigorate the smartphone business for the Palm group as part of HP and to extend that business into new product categories such as tablets. Given Palm's recent struggles and how far HP is behind in the burgeoning field of tablets, ebooks and smartphones, he has his hands full in what is one of the most strategic fields for HP's future.

    For that reason alone, HP would be advised to keep Rubinstein (below) focused on the mobile job before him. Indeed, HP needs more of a generalist who can grapple with the company's broad range of businesses that range from desktop printers to data center servers, networking gear and services to run them.But that doesn't mean Apple would not want back the man who helped drive success for Jobs. Reports from both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal indicated Papermaster lost after just 16 months his post in part due to a fall out with Jobs.

    Winning Rubinstein would be a double coup for Apple. Not only would it get back an executive with a long track record working under Jobs, it would steal away from a top competitor the man charged with building an Apple-like position in the market.

    Rubinstein is far from the only name on either company's short list. In April, Apple hired Mark McDermott as a senior director as part of its acquisition of circuit-design specialist Intrinsity. McDermott has a long pedigree playing senior director roles in microprocessor design at Cyrix, IBM and Intel.

    McDermott's LinkedIn page says Apple is "looking for the best and brightest chip heads" at its Lonestar Design Center in Austin, born in part of the Intrinsity acquisition. Indeed, Apple has been adding top semiconductor design talent since it acquired low-power processor maker P.A. Semi in April 2008.

    According to reports, Apple has already filled Papermaster's slot by giving his responsibilities to Bob Mansfield, senior vice president for Macintosh hardware engineering. Indeed Mansfield, not Papermaster, appeared on stage at a July 16 press conference to talk about antenna problems with the iPhone 4.

    Reports said Papermaster's departure from Apple could be due in part to the Antennagate issues around the iPhone 4. Mansfield previously managed work on the Apple A4 processor, the retina display and touch screens used in the iPhone 4.
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    whoever wrote this is not a journalist. This is baseless, factless, and ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Workerb33 View Post
    whoever wrote this is not a journalist. This is baseless, factless, and ridiculous.
    mostly agree
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    Ruby is an engineer - he clearly has no grasp of marketing, promotion, or finances. There's no way HP pick him to run the company. A CEO should have an understanding of all facets of business not just one or two. I think he's great at his job - producing something that is new and innovative, but pretty bad at everything else. He should stick to product & OS design and engineering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solarus View Post
    Ruby is an engineer - he clearly has no grasp of marketing, promotion, or finances. There's no way HP pick him to run the company. A CEO should have an understanding of all facets of business not just one or two. I think he's great at his job - producing something that is new and innovative, but pretty bad at everything else. He should stick to product & OS design and engineering.
    That's why I trust Ruby more than a sales guy.
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    I'd love to see the sources this "author" cites for the article. Nothing like pulling info out of the air and creating 'news'. Wow. Whatever happened to journalists citing sources instead of just printing random thoughts?

    Also... I work in a company of engineers... the last thing I'd want to see is one running a company. Their minds aren't wired for it (at least not here).
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    While I couldn't see it happening, I would be crushed if he went back to apple. I really feel like he is very dedicated to webOS, and I think he will stay as long as HP doesn't get in the way of him developing it the way he wants to. But it would be a low blow considering their whole senior team is gone now after yesterday.

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