Steve Sakoman, the former chief product officer of PalmSource, has returned to Apple Computer. He played a substantial role in the development of Palm OS 5, the most recent version of PalmSource's operating system for personal digital assistants (PDAs).
His new title at Apple is vice president of software technology, reporting to senior vice president of software engineering Avie Tevanian.
Sakoman's previous role at Apple was as manager of several hardware groups responsible for such Apple gear as the Apple II, the Macintosh, the Newton, and many of the processor designs from the mid-1980s.
He originally joined PalmSource parent Palm as part of a team that worked for Be, a company that developed software for handheld devices and Internet appliances. Palm purchased the intellectual property rights and assets of Be in August 2001 for $11m in Palm stock.
A number of former Apple employees have gone to work for Palm, including David Nagel, president and chief executive officer at PalmSource.
It has been a tough couple of weeks for Palm. The company made 50 employees redundant from its hardware unit last Thursday, and warned its third-quarter revenue will be less than previously expected on Monday.
"Steve Sakoman has the respect of everyone at PalmSource. We are sorry he has decided to pursue new opportunities and we wish him good luck," PalmSource said in a statement.