Former HTC Exec to Help HP Release Next webOS Smartphones

From a tip via Twitter user @omnimobi, it appears that HP enlisted the help of a former HTC executive to push the next Palm smartphones through the carrier channel. Todd Achilles joined HP five months ago as VP of Telco Sales, and according to mocoNews.net:

The daunting task is similar to the one Achilles took on five years ago for HTC, the little-known Taiwanese handset maker trying to gain recognition as the major manufacturer of Windows Mobile phones. Achilles headed up HTC’s Americas office in Bellevue, Wash. and oversaw the release of some of the most cutting edge smartphones of its time. Examples included the sleek Cingular 3125, nicknamed STRTRK and the T-Mobile Dash, a full keyboard slider. Achilles left HTC in September 2007, citing a hectic traveling schedule, right as the company was gearing up to release the first Google (NSDQ: GOOG) phone.

Sounds like HP will have some expertise at the helm as they look to revitalize carrier relations with the next generation of webOS devices. And seriously, with a name like Achilles, how can HP and Palm go wrong?

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