Mozilla Appoints Chris Beard As Interim CEO, Is "Strong Candidate" For Permanent Position
"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," said Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman. "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. We have also appointed Chris as interim CEO. In this time of transition there is no better person to lead us."
Mozilla's been eager to move on from the controversy, though it's being careful in its search of a permanent replacement. Other than Beard, there haven't been any publicly named candidates.
"More recently, Chris was our CMO, leading user, developer and community engagement activities globally, including the initial launches of Firefox on Android and Firefox OS at MWC. Chris is the right person to lead us through this time and he is a strong candidate for CEO," Baker added.