Mozilla names interim CEO

Mozilla has named Chris Beard, an executive in residence at Greylock Partners, as the firm’s interim chief executive, reports Mitchell Baker, the executive chairman of the Mozilla Foundation on her blog.

Beard, formerly Mozilla’s chief marketing officer, will join the board of the firm, which reports to the foundation.

Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, has been in upheaval over the appointment of Brendan Eich as chief executive.

Mozilla employees, partners and others debated whether Eich was an appropriate chief executive, as I wrote, because of his donation to the Prop. 8, anti gay marriage ballot initiative.  Eich said he was sorry about the pain he had caused people by his donation but declined to elaborate on his position on gay marriage. He ultimately resigned.

Beard, like Eich, helped to found Mozilla in 2004.  Baker wrote:

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.

Above: Chris Beard, interim chief executive at Mozilla. Credit: Greylock Partners.

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