Nagel to Head Palm OS Unit
Palm Inc. has picked David Nagel, AT&T's chief technology officer and a former Apple VP, to become president and CEO of its Platform Solutions subsidiary, the part of the company responsible for the Palm OS and other software. He is replacing Alan Kessler who resigned a few weeks ago. Nagel will start work at Palm in September and retain his seat on Palm's board.
Mr. Nagel was already in charge of the committee overseeing the creating of the new OS and software unit out of Palm's Platform Solutions Group. This appointment now means he is in charge of the subsidiary being created, too.
"Palm's plan to create two independent leading companies -- one focused on platform software and licensing, the other on hardware and software handheld solutions -- takes another significant step forward with Dave Nagel at the helm of the future platform software subsidiary,'' said Eric Benhamou, chairman of the Palm board of directors. "The platform company will operate in close partnership with all its licensees, including the Solutions Group at Palm, its largest customer.''
As AT&T's chief technology officer, Nagel led its technology strategy and R&D planning. As president of AT&T Labs, he was responsible for managing R&D for the company's next-generation Internet Protocol, data and managed services, and AT&T Business Services IT systems. Nagel also served as the chief technology officer for Concert, the global joint venture between AT&T and British Telecom.
Prior to joining AT&T, Nagel was senior vice president at Apple Computer, where he led the worldwide research and development group responsible for Macintosh OS software, Macintosh hardware, imaging and other peripheral products. Before joining Apple in 1988, Nagel was head of human factors at NASA's Ames Research Center.
"I'm delighted to lead the Palm platform business as it moves into its next phase,'' Mr. Nagel said. "While it was very hard to leave AT&T, the opportunity to lead the handheld industry's leading software platform company is an excellent fit with my skills and interests. I am excited about the potential to extend the reach of Palm's platform as the mobile market expands into new areas, such as wireless communications and multimedia, and as handheld computers gain ground as productivity solutions in the enterprise.''
Mr. Nagel will leave his position at AT&T.
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