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Mozilla appoints former marketing boss as interim CEO

Chris Beard has been with Mozilla since 2004, and oversaw various product launches including Firefox 1.0.


Mozilla has named its former marketing chief and current executive at VC firm Greylock Partners Chris Beard to the position of interim CEO, after its last appointee, Brendan Eich, was forced out from the position over opposition to his views on gay marriage.

Before departing for Greylock Partners, Beard had worked at Mozilla in a variety of roles for the better part of the decade. During his time at Mozilla he oversaw the launch of Firefox 1.0 in 2004, as well as Firefox for Android and Firefox OS a few years later.

“In this time of transition there is no better person to lead us. Chris has one of the clearest visions of how to take the Mozilla mission and turn it into programs and activities and product ideas that I have ever seen,” Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of Mozilla, said in a statement on Mozilla’s blog.

Mozilla doesn’t intend to keep Beard on as its permanent CEO, as Baker announced that the company has begun the search for a permanent chief executive.

“The 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,” Baker said.

Beard replaces Mozilla co-founder and Javascript developer Brendan Eich, who was recently appointed to be Mozilla’s CEO but left the position after 11 days after a cabal of Mozilla insiders and special interest groups raised vocal opposition to the appointment because of his support for California’s Proposition 8.  As Venture Beat reports, this same camarilla apparently endorses Beard’s appointment to the position.


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