Mozilla Names Former CMO Beard as Interim CEO
After the short-lived tenure of Brendan Eich, a new interim CEO takes the helm at the open-source browser vendor—Greylock Partners' Chris Beard.Mozilla today named Chris Beard as its interim CEO, filling the position left vacant after Brendan Eich resigned on April 3 after controversy erupted over a 2008 donation he made to the campaign for Proposition 8, an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California. Eich had been appointed CEO of Mozilla on March 24. Beard is no stranger to the world of Mozilla, having first joined the organization in October 2004 and staying on board until June 2013 as the chief marketing officer. For the last 11 months, Beard has been working at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, where he has served as an executive in residence. In that role, Beard has helped Greylock's portfolio companies as well as helped identify new areas of potential investment. While working for an open-source, nonprofit entity such as Mozilla and for a venture capital firm like Greylock might seem like polar opposites, Greylock and Mozilla are no strangers. John Lily, who is a partner at Greylock, had served as the CEO of Mozilla from January 2008 until November 2010 and had been Mozilla's chief operating officer before that, starting in July 2005. Lilly also served on Mozilla's board of directors from July 2006 until March of this year.
"Chris [Beard] 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," Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of Mozilla, wrote in a blog post.