Feeds

Symbian CEO to quit

Levin off to run £747m-turnover United Business Media

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Symbian CEO David Levin is to leave the company to join publishing and media group United Business Media (UBM), it was announced last night.

Levin will continue running Symbian until March 2005, the operating system supplier said. He joined the company in April 2002, moving over from Symbian's former parent, Psion, where he was Chief Executive, a position he had held since February 1999.

Before Psion, he spent five years as COO of Euromoney Institutional Investor, an international business publishing group, so he clearly has a handle on the industry he is moving into through UBM.

Lord Hollick, who Levin will replace at UBM, commended the Symbian CEO's "impressive operational background" and "track record of strong strategic execution".

"Under David's leadership, Symbian has strengthened and matured into the world's leading mobile operating system software company whose Symbian OS technology has been successfully adopted by the world's foremost handset manufacturers and network operators," said Sir Peter Gershon, Symbian's non-executive Chairman, in a statement.

Symbian's board now has to go through the process of seeking a successor. The winning candidate will have to satisfy the desires of the company's mobile phone maker shareholders, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Siemens, Samsung and Panasonic. Other major stakeholders include Ericsson.

Earlier this year, Nokia moved to take control of Symbian by acquiring Psion's share in the company. In the end, in July, the other shareholders moved to limit Nokia's holding to 47.9 per cent of the company. Nokia's ambitions and the other companies' desire to rein the Finnish giant in are likely to make for an interesting recruitment process.

In the three months to 30 September 2004, some 3.7m Symbian-based handsets shipped worldwide, up from 1.2m in the year-ago quarter, and taking the installed base to 19.2m. At the end of the quarter 38 Symbian OS phones and variants were under development by ten Symbian OS licensees.

Symbian recorded £16.3 in unaudited turnover during Q3, up from £9.4m in Q3 2003 and £13.7m in Q2 2004. ®

Related stories

Psion sees bright spot in Symbian sales
RIM rises as PalmOne slides in Euro device market
Symbian revenues, device sales rise
Symbian raises £50m in rights issue
Symbian owners foil Nokia takeover
Cabir added to payload of Symbian mobile Trojan
Skulls Trojan keelhauls Symbian phones

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.