palmOne Names Two New Senior Vice Presidents

palmOne has announced the recent promotion of John Hartnett to senior vice president, Americas, and the recent appointment of Mark Bercow as senior vice president, Business Development. Both report to Ed Colligan, palmOne president and chief executive officer.

Hartnett brings more than 20 years' experience across sales, marketing and operations. Most recently, he was vice president of eCommerce and accessory solutions at palmOne, where he also was responsible for driving the expansion of palmOne's airport-based retail stores in the Americas. His new responsibilities include palmOne sales and customer support, including the retail channel, distribution, carrier sales and eCommerce in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Hartnett joined the company upon the acquisition of Handspring, Inc., in October 2003. He had been Handspring's executive vice president of worldwide operations, service, support and eCommerce.

Before entering the mobile-computing industry, Hartnett was senior vice president of U.S. marketing, support and operations for MetaCreations. Prior to MetaCreations, he was the director of international operations at Claris.

Hartnett earned a marketing degree from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and also is a graduate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Stanford University's executive-management program. He was selected by Irish America in 2004 as one of the year's top Irish American business people in its annual Business 100 awards.

Bercow returns to palmOne after an absence of nearly five years. He had been the Palm vice president of strategic alliances and platform development in 2000. In that position, he was responsible for the creation of the Palm Economy and attracted more than 100,000 registered developers to Palm OS(R). Prior to rejoining palmOne, he was a vice president at Intuit, Inc., where he helped establish, grow and serve the Intuit Developer Network. Prior to Intuit, he was vice president of marketing and business development for Atheros Communications, an early stage wireless semiconductor startup. His responsibilities included marketing, product marketing strategy, segmentation and business development.

His new responsibilities include corporate development, strategic alliances, platform-growth strategies and developer relations.

Bercow holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge. He will speak May 24 at the PalmSource Mobile Summit & DevCon 2005 in San Jose, Calif.

"Mark and John bolster our executive team with their strategic insights and their high level of execution," Colligan said. "Both hit the ground running since they have a broad array of experience in the handheld and smartphone arenas. I'm confident they can help increase the momentum we are experiencing at palmOne."

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Good luck, Mark!

The_Voice_of_Reason @ 5/22/2005 8:42:49 PM # Q
Mark Bercow knows what has to be done to fix Palm. Basically his real title is VP Damage Control + Proselytism (or Evangelism if you're less cynical). I think he was a good choice for the position, but the main question right now is, "Is it too late to save the platform from the damage inflicted by years of neglect and plundering?"

It will be interesting to see what changes Palm makes in the coming months, but fixing the bugs in PalmOS should be a top priority.

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RE: Good luck, Mark!
fishtastic @ 5/22/2005 9:25:40 PM # Q
quote: The voice of Reason
"Is it too late to save the platform from the damage inflicted by years of neglect and plundering?"

Probably. This smacks of rearranging the chairs of the deck of the Titanic.

The really big question is how many months before PalmOne release a windows mobile based piece of kit. Can't be too long.


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On a somewhat related note - PSRC's CEO is out

SeldomVisitor @ 5/23/2005 7:29:25 AM # Q
Effective May 22nd.

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Nagel Fired/Quit

Gekko @ 5/23/2005 9:22:05 AM # Q
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