Mozilla, the nonprofit maker of the Firefox Web browser and the new Firefox OS Web-based mobile operating system, has named an insider as its next CEO.
Mozilla’s previous chief execs included interim head Jay Sullivan (who’s now leaving), Gary Kovacs (who stepped down nearly a year ago), John Lilly (now a venture capitalist at Greylock) and Mitchell Baker (who remains chairwoman).
At a time when Mozilla is trying to launch a $25 smartphone, and in the face of ever-more-competent and wide-reaching competition from companies like Google — which also happens to be Mozilla’s main revenue source, via search referrals in Firefox — it is continuity that the organization seeks.
“Brendan brings Mozilla’s founding vision and boldness to our current initiatives,” said the official Mozilla blog post. “These traits are a unique asset as Mozilla brings openness and choice through new initiative such as Firefox OS and cloud services. Brendan and Mitchell’s fifteen-year history of co-founding Mozilla and working together is an asset in this time of necessary organizational and community growth.”