Former Lucasfilm exec departs HP after 8 months

Richard Kerris, the former chief technical officer of Lucasfilm who hopped over to Hewlett-Packard in February, is on the move again. Kerris_richard_02

Kerris, who was head of worldwide developer relations at the Silicon Valley firm, “has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately,” according to a company spokesperson.

The departure isn’t a complete shock. Kerris, who was named by Variety in 2008 as one of the entertainment industry’s 10 Innovators to Watch, joined HP to boost developer interest in creating applications and programs for the company’s webOS platform – including the now-infamous TouchPad and Pre 3, devices that were cancelled within months of their launch and less than six months after Kerris’ arrival.

While at Lucasfilm, Kerris led an effort to streamline the way the company’s divisions worked together – sharing assets and, in essence, getting filmmakers, animators and game makers to speak the same language.

It was his Apple experience that HP coveted, though. While at that company, Kerris was responsible for convincing developers who were working on other platforms to make the move to Apple’s operating system.

No word, as yet, on where he’s headed next.

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