Head of OS Group Leaving Palm
Alan Kessler, the General manager of Palm's Platform Solutions Group, has resigned and will be leaving the company effective tomorrow. He has been in charge of the part of the company that develops the Palm OS platform and licenses it to other makers of handheld computers.
Eric Benhamou, chairman of the Palm Board of directors and a member of the Platform Solutions Group Committee of the board, will act as the temprary head of the Group until a permanent replacement is named.
"We thank Alan for his contributions to Palm and wish him all the best,'' said Palm' CEO Carl Yankowski. "Our developers have grown from 20,000 to more than 165,000 under his leadership, and he's managed the successful introductions of Palm OS's 3.5 and 4.0, and the addition of several important licensees.''
It is unlikely this will have any real effect on Palm's efforts to spin its OS development area off into a subsidiary. This process is already being handled by David C. Nagel. According a spokesperson for Palm, Mr. Kessler, Mr. Yankowski, and Palm's Board of Direcors all agreed that someone else needed to be in charge of the new OS subsidiary.
"Palm is a great company with an exciting future, and I'm honored to have served here since prior to the company spinning off from 3Com,'' said Mr. Kessler. "I'm ready, however, to move on to a new challenge.''
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