Symbian Foundation’s Executive Director Lee Williams steps down.

Citing personal reasons, his position will be assumed by Tim Holbrow who was the foundation’s Chief Financial Officer. The original vision of the Symbian Foundation was to form an open source consortium with a set of handset makers who would make devices running the Symbian OS, pushing the OS to a wider range of users across various devices.

Handset makers such as Samsung and Sony Ericsson have recently announced that they do not have plans for building Symbian handsets for the foreseeable future, focusing their efforts on Android and Windows 7 instead.

The inability of the Symbian Foundation to attract other handset makers, coupled with the lack of interest from their existing members could have been a major reason for Williams resignation of his position.

The fate of the Symbian foundation now rests in the hands of Nokia who may reacquire the OS and work on it in house rather than leave exist under a separate firm.

Nokia and now the Symbian foundation are going a major change in management and this could likely slow down the software development of its Symbian and MeeGo OSs.

Every company goes through phases such as these and Nokia will likely come out of it and move ahead with their software and product roadmap. They are far from dire straits.

In fact, there was a company in dire straits ( almost flatlining) in the late nineties which has made a turn around to become a market leader in tech.

It was and is still called Apple.