Ten days ago, Nokia’s head of MeeGo stepped down for “personal reasons.” Now, it appears as though the jettisoned executive, Ari Jaaksi, will take a position with HP/Palm as the senior vice president of webOS. AllThingsD reports that Jaaksi will assume his new role sometime in November. HP & Co. also added Victoria Coleman, former head of Samsung’s research and development center in San Jose, to their payroll. HP certainly is stacking their mobile division’s deck with seasoned, experienced executives from all corners of the industry. Let’s hope the moves bear fruit… and soon! More →
The exodus over at Nokia continues… Ari Jaaksi, Nokia’s VP in charge of MeeGo devices, told Finnish newspaper Talous Sanomat that he resigned from the company last week. Jaaksi’s resignation comes weeks after that of former CEO Pekka Kallasvuo and Nokia’s head of mobile solutions Anssi Vanjoki. The news isn’t all bad for Nokia’s MeeGo team; they did recently hire Peter Skillman — Palm’s former VP of design — to work on Nokia’s next-generation mobile operating system. Nokia has yet to publicly announce Mr. Jaaksi’s departure.