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Mozilla Names New Interim CEO to Lead Firefox Development

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The Mozilla Foundation has named another company insider as its interim CEO as it recovers from the controversy over the appointment of its last short lived leader.

Long term developer at the organisation, Chris Beard was already being considered for appointment to the Board of Directors, but has jumped to the top and will also now act as the interim CEO while the organisation seeks a permanent appointment.

In the early years at Mozilla he was responsible for leading the Mozilla product, marketing and innovation teams. More recently, Chris was CMO, leading user, developer and community engagement activities globally, including the initial launches of Firefox on Android and Firefox OS.

"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 have ever seen." wrote Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman at the Foundation.

The company had expected long term insider, Brendan Eich, to be its new CEO, but he was driven out of the job within a week following protests over his stance on equal marriage, which he had opposed.

There had also been three other board members resign when he was appointed over concerns that the organisation was hiring from within and needed an external appointment to lead it in the future.

The choice of another long-term insider, albeit as just an interim CEO will not assuage those concerns.

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