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Mozilla names ex-exec Chris Beard as interim CEO

Gregg Keizer | April 15, 2014
Fills the 11-day opening after Brendan Eich resigned amid marriage equality controversy.

The latter was a reference to pledges that Mozilla made in the midst of the Eich controversy, including an affirmation of its support of marriage equality and various commitments to inclusivity of both employees and volunteer contributors.

Firefox's share of active desktop browsers has slumped in the last year, and Mozilla has turned its attention to Firefox OS, the browser-based mobile operating system that it hopes will give it a toe-hold on smartphones, where Apple's Safari and Google's Android and Chrome browser dominate.

Last month, Firefox accounted for just 17.7% of the global desktop browser user share, down 2.4 percentage points in the past year, and 7.4 points off its all-time high of 25.1% in four years ago.

"The Web platform is fast changing and has pressing security needs, and Mozilla has both an opportunity and a challenge to differentiate in this area," observed IDC's Hilwa.


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