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Nokia Symbian boss steps down

Nokia Symbian boss steps down

Finnish smartphone giant Nokia has been hit by yet another top-level departure, this time Lee Williams, CEO of the Symbian Foundation.

Williams joined Nokia in 2008 and has played a key part in the development of the latest Symbian3 operating system that powers Nokia’s latest flagship handset, the N8.

Nokia stated: "The Symbian Foundation is today announcing that Lee M. Williams has stepped down from his position as Executive Director for personal reasons.”

Mr Williams will be replaced by Tim Holbrow, CFO of the Symbian Foundation, with immediate effect.

His departure comes only a month after Nokia sacked CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and replaced him with Steve Elop, who previously headed Microsoft’s business division.

Kallasvuo’s removal was followed by the resignation of vice-president Anssi Vanjoki who was peeved at being overlooked for the CEO position.

Williams’ exit only adds to the growing concern for the Symbian platform which has been losing ground to the advances of Android and iOS.

Nokia has already confirmed that it would be abandoning Symbian for future N-Series handsets in favour of the newer Meego operating system. However, it reiterated that the platform would continue to be used in its low-end smartphones.

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