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Mozilla moves past gay marriage controversy

Appoints Beard as interim CEO
Tue Apr 15 2014, 12:56

Chris Beard Mozilla interim CEOMOZILLA HAS APPOINTED an interim CEO following the resignation of Brendan Eich.

Eich's appointment as CEO was fraught with controversy because he donated money in opposition to gay marriage, something that many people do not have a problem with. That included Mozilla, until the wider community turned on it, its appointment of Eich as CEO, and his politics.

Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker commented as Eich left the organisation, and commented again now that it has chosen an interim CEO.

"Mozilla finds itself in the midst of an unexpected leadership transition. Along with my fellow board members Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert, I am pleased to announce the next step in this transition: the appointment of Chris Beard to the Mozilla corporation board of directors, and as our interim CEO," she wrote on the Mozilla blog.

"We began exploring the idea of Chris joining the board of directors some months ago. Chris has been a Mozillian longer than most... I have relied on his judgement and advice for nearly a decade. This is an excellent time for Chris to bring his understanding of Mozilla to the board."

Beard replaces Eich, at least temporarily, and his appointment is a sign that Mozilla can listen and move fast. He might even end up as CEO, but it is too early to call.

"In this time of transition there is no better person to lead us," added Baker.

"Next steps include a long-term plan for the CEO role, adding board members who can help Mozilla succeed and continuing our efforts to actively support each Mozillian to reach his or her full potential as a leader."

In the meantime, we asked readers of The INQUIRER what you thought about Eich's appointment and the firing resignation.

The bulk of readers, 52 percent, said that Mozilla was wrong to remove Eich from the role, and they agreed that "he is entitled to his opinion".

The second most popular option at 18 percent was that Mozilla "bent to unfair pressure", while 12 percent of respondents said that his views were a bad thing. Another 12 percent said that Mozilla should never have appointed Eich as CEO in the first place.

Just six percent of respondents were glad to see Eich leave and were interested to see if he would attend their wedding. We did not stipulate what kind of wedding. µ


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