Three Mozilla Board Members Resign Over New CEO Pick

It has been reported that three members of Mozilla’s board resigned over the selection of Brendan Eich as CEO. According to reports, three board members who left the company are: John Lilly, currently working at venture capital firm Greylock Partners; Ellen Siminoff, CEO of online education company Schmoop; and former Mozilla’s CEO, Gary Kovacs.

Their exit from the board leaves only three people on the firm’s board: Mozilla co-founder Mitchell Baker, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and German news site Spiegel Online’s CEO Katharina Borchert.

Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla has served as the company’s chief technology officer for almost a decade. The organization’s top priority was to appoint him as new CEO, which happened last week.

Three board members left because they wanted an outside executive whose experience would help Mozilla to gain control in the fast-growing mobile computing industry. Mozilla’s mobile version of Firefox is not in great demand. The company’s mobile operating system, Firefox OS is a new entrance in a market, which is dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

Eich is also facing controversy outside of Mozilla, due to the his donation of US$1,000 to the Proposition 8 movement in California in 2008, which resulted in a same-sex marriage ban in the state until the law was overturned by the Supreme Court last year.

According to Mozilla, the company put out an additional statement over the weekend clarifying that:

“Mozilla’s mission is to make the web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just. This is why Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally”

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mozilla Foundation announced a $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone. Mozilla also launched seven higher-end new Firefox OS smartphones. The companies like LG and ZTE have already revealed their new Firefox OS devices. Other companies like Samsung and Sony are expected to join very soon.

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