Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Steps DownCategory: General News
Posted: April 3, 2014 04:41PM
Just about two weeks removed from being named Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich has stepped down from the position. Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker announced Eich's departure in a blog post, saying Eich "made this decision for Mozilla and our community." It comes after many people were clamoring for Mozilla to act after Eich's support of a 2008 anti-gay marriage bill in California became public. Eich was the only Mozilla employee to donate money in support of the bill, while others donated against it. Baker says the company believes in equality and free speech, and that sometimes figuring out how to advocate both at the same time can be difficult. Clearly this is one of those times.
What happens next for Mozilla isn't as clear, but the company does want to be open about what is in store. More information about replacing Eich should be available next week, so be sure to check back then. As for Eich, his future at the company he co-founded isn't known just yet, but that could also be discussed next week.