Symbian Foundation Names Leader
The Symbian Foundation, an open-source organization aimed at creating an open operating system for mobile phones, named Lee Williams as its executive director. Williams is a Nokia executive, heading up the company's S60 group.LONDON-The Symbian Foundation, a consortium of vendors banded together to build mobile solutions based on the open-source Symbian OS, has announced the appointment of a new executive director of the foundation. At the Symbian Smartphone Show here, David Wood, senior vice president of research at Symbian, broke from the morning keynote sessions to announce Lee Williams as the new executive director of the planned foundation. The 10 initial board members of the Symbian Foundation-AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, ST-NXP Wireless, Texas Instruments and Vodafone-nominated Williams as the executive director for the planned foundation. Williams is currently head of the S60 organization in Nokia's Devices business.
"We are delighted to have such a strong and experienced leader to head the Symbian Foundation," said Kris Rinne, senior vice president, architecture and planning, for AT&T on behalf of the initial board members, in a statement. "Lee Williams is well-known in our industry and has been a driving force in the establishment of the foundation. Following an extensive, independent selection process, we believe that he is the best candidate to lead the foundation. He will now work to ensure we get the most complete and competitive Symbian Foundation platform offering and setup the operations needed to drive the platform to its next phase of evolution as quickly as possible. "
"The acquisition of Symbian Limited by Nokia, expected to close in Q4 2008, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Software assets are contributed to the foundation, including Symbian OS and S60 by Nokia, UIQ technology by Motorola and Sony Ericsson and MOAP(S) by NTT DOCOMO and Fujitsu. This contributed software will be available under a royalty-free license to foundation members from the first day of Symbian Foundation operations, expected 1H 2009. The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009. The foundation will work to make the platform available in open source by June 2010 (two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement)."Lee Williams will remain in his current role as head of the S60 organization in Nokia's Devices business until Jan. 1, 2009, or until such time as the foundation and its leadership team are in place and operational. The operation of the foundation remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.