Mozilla Corporation has decided to recruit a famous figure as the next CEO, by re-appointing Mitchell Baker to this position. Mitchell Baker has held this position on an acting basis since December, following the announcement of Chris Beard’s departure from the CEO position in August.
In a blog post, three board members, Julie Hanna, Karim Lakhani and Bob Lisbon, said that after examining external candidates for eight months, Mitchell Baker was the perfect choice to be CEO “at the time “.
“Mitchell has a proven track record in enabling communities and businesses to collaborate and innovate. As we look to the future of Mozilla, this experience is going to be crucial to our future success,” said Lakhani. The trio said the browser maker Firefox’s plan was not only to develop Firefox, but also “to alleviate the biggest challenges the internet faces”.
“There is an incredible depth of technical expertise within the organization”
“There is an incredible depth of technical expertise within the organization, but these issues cannot be solved by Mozilla alone, which is why the plan also calls for a focus on bringing in technologists and builders from around the world to collaborate and co-create these new solutions, “said the trio.
“The need for innovation not only at Mozilla, but also for the Internet in general is more important than ever, especially at a time when online technologies and tools have a material and lasting impact on our daily lives.”
In another article, Baker said that the vertical integration of internet players will be a big challenge. “There is a ton of work to do. It is important work, which has meaning today and for the future. I am committed to realizing this vision and working to make it come true. And I am honored to play this role in leading Mozilla through this crisis and into the future, “wrote Baker.
Baker was previously CEO of Mozilla Corporation until early 2008, and is currently President of the Mozilla Foundation. In January, Mozilla cut 70 jobs, which represents 6% of its workforce.