JavaScript creator Brendan Eich, named as Mozilla’s new CEO

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The long wait is over for Mozilla, as JavaScript creator, co-founder and current Chief Technology Officer Brendan Eich steps in as the new CEO. After almost a year of looking for a replacement to Gary Kovacs, Mozilla has finally picked a new CEO and to him, Mozilla gave ‘mobile operating system: Firefox OS’ as his first job.

In a blog announcing Eich appointment, Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman said, ?Today we live in a different online era. This era combines desktop, mobile devices, cloud services, big data and a social layer. It is feature-rich, highly centralized, and focused on a few giant organizations that exert control over almost all aspects of the experience. Today?s computing environment is deeply in need of an open, exciting alternative. Mozilla needs to break down the walled gardens of online life and bring openness and opportunity to all.

Brendan Eich is the inventor of JavaScript, which started in 1995. Mozilla said that Eich has been involved in every aspect of the company’s development starting the original idea way back 1998 and has deep expertise in both the technical and product sides of the organization.

“Brendan brings Mozilla?s founding vision and boldness to our current initiatives. These traits are a unique asset as Mozilla brings openness and choice through new initiatives such as Firefox OS and cloud services. Brendan and Mitchell?s fifteen-year history of co-founding Mozilla and working together is an asset in this time of necessary organizational and community growth,” Mozilla added.

Moreover, in a statement released today by Eich, he said, ?I would first like to thank Jay Sullivan [Mozilla?s acting CEO during the executive search] for his contributions to Mozilla and to the Web. He has been a passionate force at Mozilla, whose leadership, especially during the last year, has been important to our success, in particular with Firefox OS. Thank you, Jay. I am honored to have the role of leading Mozilla, as we look forward to our audacious goals across all of our products and the project as a whole.?

With Eich’s leadership, Mozilla will make Firefox OS its top project. “It’s like the great circus act ? spinning plates while doing back handsprings, and we are definitely turning mobile in the only way that can be really effective. The highest priority is to get volume to Firefox OS, especially the $25 phones,” Eich said.

Aside from Eich, Li Gong, who has been a partner in building up Firefox OS has been named as Chief Operating Officer and will be expected to work on a number of functions including Cloud Services, IT, Marketplace, Mobile & Research, and Platform Engineering.

Mitchell Baker will still remain as Mozilla Executive Chairwoman and will continue the long and successful partnership with Brendan as co-founders who lead the Mozilla project to fulfill our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, Mozilla said.

Mozilla is a non-profit organization focused on improving the web and keeping it open for users. With Eich leadership, one task would be to ‘re-negotiate’ its search deal with Google’s search service which has been Mozilla’s default on the launch page of Firefox from which ‘Google accounted for nearly 90% of Mozilla?s $311 million in revenue.’


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