Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns amid anti-gay stance

April 7th, 2014 at 5:42 am

Brendan Eich

Mozilla Foundation, the company behind Firefox browser, has announced its co-founder Brendan Eich has resigned as its CEO.

In the official company blog, Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker said that their CEO, the creator of Javascript, left his position voluntarily. This comes after it has been revealed that Eich contributed $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, a ballot initiative in California that defined marriage as between man and woman. Eich’s promotion to CEO was questioned by a huge community within Mozilla, including its employees and end users, some of whom called for his resignation.

“Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public,” Baker states. “This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

“When we spoke with Eich two days ago, he was open about the controversy and very much making plans to continue as the company’s CEO and thought he was absolutely the man for the job.”

Whatever happened between then and now, and why Brendan Eich changed his mind, remains a mystery. Speculations abound from the board of directors, who are rumored to be at odds over his appointment, seized the opportunity from the controversy to kick him out to simply a case of him getting tired from all the public scrutiny and disappointment from the LGBT community and its supporters.

As of this writing, Mozilla has yet to appoint a new CEO.

Source: VentureBeat

Image source: Darcy Padilla/ AP/ Mozilla


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