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Tue Jul 29 2014, 09:41

Chris Beard Mozilla interim CEOMOZILLA HAS ANNOUNCED the appointment of Chris Beard as its permanent CEO.

Mr Beard rejoined Mozilla in April following the hasty departure of predecessor Brendan Eich after less than two weeks, when it transpired he had made financial donations to the campaign to repeal gay marriage laws in the state of California. At the time, Eich admitted, "Under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader."

Both Eich and Beard have been with Mozilla since its inception, with newly-appointed CEO Beard having left the board only a year previously for a role as executive in residence at venture capital firm Greylock partners.

During his time away he remained an adviser to executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker, who announced his appointment as CEO on the company blog.

Baker said, "Over the years, Chris has led many of Mozilla's most innovative projects. We have relied on his judgement and advice for nearly a decade. Chris has a clear vision of how to take Mozilla's mission and turn it into industry-changing products and ideas."

Fellow board member Reid Hoffman, executive chairman of Linkedin added, "I've worked with Chris for nearly a decade. He brings the leadership that inspires and unites community, products, and technology for a free and open web. He is the right CEO for Mozilla, as the organisation, community, and movement for open technologies."

Mr Beard takes up the role an interesting time for Mozilla. As well as being instrumental to a charm offensive to rescue Mozilla's public image following its episode with Eich as CEO, he will also oversee the company's move to hardware as Firefox OS becomes commercially available on mobile devices.

Earlier this year the company announced plans for a $25 phone for developing markets. µ


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