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Symbian CEO Colly Myers has stepped down, just a month after the company secured a new round of funding from its investors. It's not as yet clear where he's going, if it's anywhere in particular, but the move seems to have been not entirely planned for - David Potter, founder of Psion and Symbian chairman, is taking the post of executive chairman while a new CEO is found, and joint COOs have been appointed - CFO Thomas Chambers and director of programme management Kent Eriksson.

Oh, and The Register's interview with Colly Myers of Symbian on Tuesday, confirmed just this morning, will not now take place. But if Colly Myers of any other company happens to be in Cannes, we seem to have a lost free.

Nobody at Symbian was available for comment at time of writing, but a source close to the company said that although the timing had come as a surprise to him, he'd understood that Potter had been planning to appoint a new CEO for some time. A Symbian statement gave no reason for Myers' departure, and simply thanked him for his efforts. "He leaves the Company with the confident expectation that a wide-ranging roll-out of commercial product will take place," said Koki Suda, director and board member of Matsushita Communication Industrial (no, we don't know why he gets the soundbite either).

Symbian previously suffered the high profile loss of an executive in the shape of Juha Christensen, who jumped ship for The Beast. But presumably this is not also Myers' destination. Christensen's arrival at Microsoft, incidentally, triggered a bizarre speech impediment outbreak at the company. ®

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