In another blow to HP’s mobile operating system, the chief architect for webOS, Brian Hernacki, has left HP, according to the Verge.Hernacki is a security guy. He was hired away from Symantec to become Palm’s Chief Security Architect. He also holds a handful of patents, including one obtained while at HP.
The departure of critical WebOS folks isn’t surprising given the exodus of the WebOS big cheese last week, former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein.
HP’s WebOS unit is one giant experiment and now that it’s under the domain of ex-Microsoftie Bill Veghte, you can’t blame the former powers of the unit for finding the exit. It is unclear if Hernacki left of his own accord or was swept out by the unit’s ongoing reorganization.
As we pointed out earlier, WebOS is resting in the hands of relative newcomers to HP, including the guy that was formerly responsible for Nokia’s MeeGo project.
About six months ago, right before HP hired Meg Whitman, the unit was handed to Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager of HP’s PC unit, known as the Personal Systems Group (PSG). But he managed to hand it over to Veghte without leaving the company.
WebOS accounts for about 600 jobs and HP needs to execute on a reasonable strategy as soon as possible, given how tablets have shaken up the entire direction of the personal computing industry.