Mozilla Corporation Names John Lilly CEO

Lora Bentley

The guard is changing at Mozilla. The New York Times reports the company behind the Firefox Web browser has a new CEO. As of Tuesday, former Mozilla COO John Lilly takes the reins from Mitchell Baker. Baker will remain as chairman and as an employee. The change in executives, however, will not change the organization's commitment to open source development.


The challenge in blending the non-profit and its for-profit subsidiary, the story says, is

to maintain the delicate balance between the thousands of volunteers who contributed to the development effort and the growing stream of Firefox-generated revenue as Mozilla expands the influence of the software platform.

In his new role, Lilly will focus primarily on developing and marketing Firefox. Baker will continue work for the company. In her blog, she describes her shift in focus as follows:

I want to use the impact Firefox gives us in the market to get openness, collaboration and user control embedded in other products, services and aspects of online life. ... Some examples are:


- Making the standards process more effective. - Encouraging more hybrid organizations like the Mozilla Corporation-- organizations which serve the public benefit but support themselves through revenue rather than fund-raising. - Making "security" understandable enough that people can help protect themselves. - Providing individuals with the means to control their data and the content they create....

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