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The non-profit organization, Mozilla, is down three – out of six – board members, as controversy oversh...
The non-profit organization, Mozilla, is down three – out of six – board members, as controversy overshadows newly appointed CEO, Brendan Eich. The new CEO was promoted to replace Gary Kovacs, who resigned his CEO position last year, in April.
Eich had previously spent over 10 years as Mozilla's chief technology officer, and worked on other significant group projects over the years, such as the 90s Navigator browser, before Mozilla began to operate as a foundation.
What reportedly provoked the three board members – John Lilly, Ellen Siminoff and Gary Kovacs – to step down, was Eich's $1,000 donation in support of California's Proposition 8, made back in 2008. For those unaware of Proposition 8, it was a constitutional amendment which supported the opposition to same-sex marriages. Eich had made his donation with Mozilla's name listed as his employer, creating a buzz of controversy when discovered back in 2012.
However, contrary to these reports, additional reports made anonymously to The Wall Street Journal claim that the departed CEOs had been in search for an outside CEO that would have “Experience in the mobile industry who could help expand the organization’s Firefox OS mobile operating system and balance the skills of co-founders Eich and Baker.”
According to Mozilla spokesperson, Mike Manning, “The three board members ended their terms last week for a variety of reasons. Two had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search, regardless of the person selected.“
To soften the impact of the allegations and controversy, leading to boycott threats by users and developers, Mozilla made a statement recently encouraging staff equality, as well as reminding users of Mozilla's mission, which undoubtedly “Is to make the web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just.”
Eich posted a blog this weekend, apologizing for any conduct on his side that may have “caused pain.” He promises “exemplary behaviour” towards his community and pleads for users to experience Mozilla under his leadership “In the way of efforts to include potential contributors, especially those who lack privilege.“
Let's see what Brendan Eich has in store for us in the future.