I know everyone was curious and extremely interested to see what HP would do after buying Palm a couple months ago and the only things we've seen so far are a possible line of WebOS printers and a huge amount of departures from the company and the merger. The most recent casualty is the former Senior VP for Product Development, Mike Bell. Bell had served 16 years at Apple before jumping ship to work for Jon Rubinstein but has now donned the color of blue, as he will be joining Intel to become the new Vice President for the smartphone division. More specifically, Bell will act as the Director of Smartphone Product Development in Intel's Ultra Mobility group.
As we have been telling you, Intel has been looking to get into the smartphone market for quite some time, and a man of Mike Bell's stature guiding them may be just the thing they need to propel them to the top quickly, or at least allow them to hit the ground running in the right direction.
Click past the break to read the company email sent revealing Mr. Bell's arrival to the company.
Intel hires former Palm exec as new VP for smartphones
Posted July 15, 2010
Intel announced today that we have hired Mike Bell-a veteran of both Palm and Apple-as vice president and director of Smartphone Product Development in the company's Ultra Mobility Group (UMG).
Bell is a technology industry veteran who has been part of the executive management team at Palm since 2007, most recently as the senior vice president of Product Development, responsible for all aspects of product strategy, development, and deployment.
Bell and his team were responsible for the Palm PRE and the Palm PIXI. Previously, Mike was a vice president with Apple where he worked from 1991 to 2007 and made significant contributions to the iMac, Apple TV, and iPhone programs.
In a note to UMG employees, UMG leader Anand Chandrasekher said that Bell will help build and lead a team to build breakthrough smartphone reference designs to accelerate Intel Architecture into the market. Bell will focus on delivering leadership products that advance Intel chips into smartphones, help drive new business growth and further cultivate Intel's global ecosystem relationships in this market segment.