Movers and Shakers: Where Some of IT's Top Executives Are Going - Slide 6

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According to The New York Times, Mozilla has appointed Gary Kovacs, currently senior vice president in charge of mobile products at SAP, as its new chief executive. Mozilla CEO John Lilly announced his plans to step down in May.

Kovacs’s move to Mozilla comes at a time when the company’s flagship product, Firefox, faces growing competition from Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In its first-quarter analyst report, Mozilla said that its Firefox browser captured 30 percent of the global browser market.

Business First reports that according to global outplacement consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. of Chicago, September 2010 was a tumultuous month for CEOs as the turnover rate surged to a four-month high. September CEO departures were up 17 percent from August and 5.7 percent from the same month a year ago.

John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says several factors are contributing to the turnover rate, including

“a volatile economy, an aging CEO population, a brighter spotlight on the CEO position and calls for more accountability on the part of corporate leadership.”

The technology industry was not immune from shakeups. We’ve compiled a list of the movements of some of IT’s big names.

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