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Phil McKinney retiring from HP; big thinkers on the way out?

by Derek Kessler Mon, 31 Oct 2011 4:51 pm EDT

First HP Chief of Strategy and Technology Shane Robison retired from HP, with his job to not be filled after he leaves tomorrow. Today HP is losing another big thinking creative mind, with Chief Technology Officer and friend of webOS Phil McKinney is bidding farewell to HP. McKinney is retiring from HP after nine years, but says that he has “far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines” and will be diving head first into his first book, titled Beyond The Obvious. After his last day (expected to be the last day December), he also plans to spend more time blogging, podcast, and speaking ‘round the world, as well as serving on corporate boards and taking advisory roles with companies other than HP.

McKinney was the driving force behind much of HP’s creative work, like the Blackbird and Firebird desktops, the Envy laptop series, DreamScreen and much more – that all led to HP making it onto FastCompany’s “Most Creative Companies” list. Phil was also a big cheerleader for webOS, often speaking about the possibilities of webOS in other form factors. We’ll miss having him around, even if we did roll our eyes every time he whipped out that rolled-up flexible display prototype.

We can’t say for sure whether or not this has anything to do with the reorganization happening at HP. With every unit handling their own research and development, there might not be a need for a big-picture guy like McKinney. So good luck Phil, hope we’ll see you around!

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