Barely two weeks of being appointed as the Chief Executive of Mozilla, Brendan Eich stepped down from his role for invariably supporting California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8.
Brendan Eich landed himself in troubled waters when the revelation about his $1,000 donation to an estranged campaign that supports Proposition 8 hogged the public eye. An online dating site, OkCupid, along with several others have expressed displeasure and disgust at Mr. Eich’s attitude towards gay marriage, hence urging Firefox’s users to stop using the popular browser. Recent interviews saw Mr. Eich quoting that he won’t step down as the CEO of the company, however, now it seems that he might have succumbed to the public pressure.
Mozilla Co-Founder and Executive Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, confirmed in a blog post that the decision to quit has been made solely by Mr. Eich’s. “Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community,” She wrote.
If reports are to be believed, three of other prominent board members namely VC John Lilly, former Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs and a well-known tech executive Ellen Siminoff have also signed the walking papers. However, their resignation is said to be nowhere linked to Eich’s departure.
Baker, also wrote, “We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.”
The company hasn’t revealed the cards of a potential replacement, yet. More details are likely to be unfolded next week.