Almost a week and a half after Brendan Eich stepped down as the CEO, Mozilla Corporation has named Chris Beard as its interim Chief Executive. The former chief marketing officer has also been appointed to the board of directors of the company.
contribution to the development of Mozilla has been phenomenal; launches of Firefox for Android and Firefox OS mobile operating system have been his major works in the past few years as the leader of the product, innovation and marketing teams in the past. As a product manager of the organization, he also handled the Firefox 1.0 launch in 2004 which proved to be an enormous success. Later in 2004, he carved out the position of chief marketing officer for himself. However, in 2013, he left the organization to join Greylock Partners as an executive in residence.
“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 that I’ve ever seen,” Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said in a blog post. Beard’s return has been touted as a blessing for the organization. Reportedly, he has been deemed as the strongest candidate for the post who could magnify Mozilla’s growth.
“We intend to use recent events as a catalyst to develop and expand Mozilla’s leadership. Appointing Chris as our interim CEO is the 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.”
Beard’s appointment comes 10 days after Brendan Eich’s resignation, after the latter attracted flak for invariably supporting California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8. Eich’s $1,000 dollar donation to the estranged campaign hogged the negative light, hence compelling him to withdraw from the much venerated position of a CEO. His reign could barely last for 20 days before he parted ways with the company.