Mozilla names Chris Beard interim CEO after Brendan Eich’s resignation over Proposition 8 controversy

By Daniel S Levine,

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has named Chris Beard as interim CEO. The company needed to find a replacement after Brendan Eich resigned earlier this month in the fallout of a controversy over his views on gay marriage.

Eich was pressured to step down after it was revealed that he had donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. It was later overturned by the Supreme Court. Eich had only been on the job for less than two weeks.

Mozilla decided to pick a replacement for Eich from within, tapping Beard for the job. According to CNET, he has been with the company for several years, going back to the launch of Firefox 1.0 in 2004. He also helped launch the Firefox mobile apps for Android and a Firefox mobile OS. He is also an executive-in-residence at venture capital firm Greylock Partners.

“Chris has been a Mozillian longer than most. He’s been actively involved with Mozilla since before we shipped Firefox 1.0, he’s guided and directed many of our innovative projects, and his vision and sense of Mozilla is equal to anyone’s,” Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker wrote in a blog post Monday. “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.”

Baker wrote that the company’s next steps include finding a permanent CEO and finding 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.”



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