updated 06:03 pm EDT, Mon April 14, 2014
Long time employee pinned for job, given spot on board of directors
The Mozilla foundation has selected a new interim CEO and appointee to the Mozilla corporation Board of Directors. Long-time Mozilla employee Chris Beard has been chosen for the position while a search for a permanent appointee is undertaken. Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker says Beard has a "vision and sense of Mozilla equal to anyone's."
Beard has previously mostly worked in senior product and marketing roles at HP and Sun Microsystems, among others. He joined Mozilla in 2004, specifically to launch the Firefox browser. In July 2013, he joined Greylock Partners as executive in residence.
The post trumpeting the appointment by Baker says that 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."
"We intend to use recent events as a catalyst to develop and expand Mozilla's leadership. Appointing Chris as our interim CEO is a first step in this process," Baker said. "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."