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Mozilla installs Brendan Eich as CEO

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Tue Mar 25 2014, 10:34

MOZILLA HAS APPOINTED its next CEO and made a number of other staffing changes.

The firm has promoted co-founder, long term Mozillian and CTO Brendan Eich to become its CEO.

Eich fills a role left lacking after the last permanent CEO Gary Kovacs left to join security firm AVG in April 2013.

While new office chairs are being ordered and fresh business cards are being printed, the firm has also made some other staffing changes.

Li Gong will become COO and be responsible for cloud, mobile and research, platform engineering and IT. Acting CEO Jay Sullivan was thanked for his time and promised a desk during the transition, after which he will leave the firm.

Eich was welcomed roundly by the firm that he co-founded and most recently served as CTO. "Mozilla speaks for the open web, where consumers and developers alike can prosper and express themselves free from the constraints imposed by commercial, profit-driven technologies. Mozilla's organisation and Firefox products help keep the web balanced to every individual's interests, and not just for the highest profit", said Mozilla board member Reid Hoffman.

"Brendan Eich, as a founder and a well-respected innovator of web technologies, is uniquely equipped to lead Mozilla with his deep understanding of the organisation's core values and technology vision."

Eich is a technologist and the creator of the internet programming language Javascript. As chief architect at Mozilla he was heavily involved in the development of Firefox and Thunderbird. He has been CTO since 2005, and it looks like Mozilla will have a firm software focus under his leadership. On his way to his new role, Eich thanked Sullivan for his work so far on his personal blog.

"I'm honored and humbled, and I promise to do everything I can to lead Mozilla to new heights in this role. I would first like to thank Jay Sullivan for his contributions to Mozilla and to the web," he said.

"He has been a passionate force at Mozilla whose leadership, especially during the last year, has been important to our success, in particular with Firefox OS. Jay is helping with the CEO transition and will then leave to pursue new opportunities."

Mitchell Baker remains executive chair of Mozilla. µ


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