Richard Kerris leaving HP for "an opportunity outside" | webOS Nation

Richard Kerris leaving HP for "an opportunity outside"

by Derek Kessler Mon, 24 Oct 2011 5:56 pm EDT

It's been a while since we've had anybody leave webOS (by "a while", we mean a few months, which is a long time in webOS land), but today we can add yet another to the column of "former webOS employee." As of today, HP Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS Richard Kerris is out, just under nine months after joining the company. The statement from HP on the matter:

"Richard Kerris, vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately.  We are grateful for his service and contributions he has made to HP and the webOS community."

It's a sad development for webOS, as Kerris has served as a strong champion for webOS app development. Granted, that was his job, but he was ceaseless in his drive with global developer events and keeping webOS going while HP was figuring out what to do with it. With the future of webOS uncertain, we certainly can't blame him or anybody else at the webOS Global Business Unit for exploring their options. Outside firms like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are aggressively hiring (and have poached a number of talents from Palm and HP over the years). While HP may have put a pause on all layoffs, they certainly don't seem to be doing much to retain their current webOS staff, given the uncertain future of the platform.