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Mozilla Directors Resign Following Appointment of New CEO

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Half the board of directors at the not for profit group, Mozilla have resigned following the appointment of Brendan Eich as its new CEO.

Gary Kovacs, a former Mozilla CEO who runs online security company AVG Technologies; John Lilly, another former Mozilla CEO now a partner at venture-capital firm Greylock Partners; and Ellen Siminoff, CEO of online education startup Shmoop, left the board last week.

That leaves the board with three members.

It is understood that the resignations followed the appointment of Eich as CEO as he is an existing insider with the organisation and they had wanted someone fresh to come in and drive the group to improve its mobile services.

Although Mozilla's Firefox web browser is very popular on desktop computers, it lags badly on mobile devices. The group is also developing its own Firefox OS for smartphones which has gained some operator support, but is still seen as a fringe project.

Outside the organisation, there was also some consternation in the developer community about Eich's promotion as he has been a supporter of groups opposed to equality for gay groups.

Eich responded saying that he was sorry for "causing pain" and pledged to promote equality at Mozilla.

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