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Mozilla names new CEO after year-long search

updated 05:59 pm EDT, Mon March 24, 2014

Former CTO takes reins, names new COO in focus on Firefox OS

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has been named by the foundation's board of directors to be its new CEO. Eich, best known for his invention of JavaScript as a developer for Netscape in the mid-90s, has been with the company in the role of CTO for the past nine years. He replaces Gary Kovacs, who announced a year ago that he was stepping down from the post. Eich has said that further development of Firefox as a mobile OS is his top priority, particularly for smartphones.

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To this end, Eich has promoted Li Gong, one of the lead developers of the Firefox OS, to be Mozilla's new COO -- replacing Jay Sullivan, who has been the acting CEO since Kovacs retired and who plans to leave himself once the transition is complete. Eich, now installed as CEO, wrote on the company's blog that "Mozilla is about people-power on the Web and Internet --putting individual users, who create as well as consume, above all other agendas." He went on to say that users are "our ultimate cause" and "a source of inspiration and ongoing help" in the development of the platform and browser.

Co-founder and first CEO Mitchell Baker will continue her role as executive chair of the company, praising Eich as "an absolutely foundational element of Mozilla and our success for the past 15 years." She added that she was "very happy with this combination of continuity and change" in the company. Eich will be in charge of fulfilling Mozilla's promise of new, Firefox OS-powered handsets and "$25 smartphones" the company has promised.

by MacNN Staff



  1. The Vicar

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    Great! Maybe they can find a way to turn a profit, other than depending on Google giving them a big annual check for not making Bing the default Firefox search engine, next — after all, Google has Chrome, and it wouldn't be too surprising for them to stop with the largesse...

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