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Mozilla Names New CEO

October 15, 2010

Mozilla announced Thursday that it has found a replacement for CEO John Lilly, whom the company said would be leaving the position this year.

On November 8, former senior vice president of Sybase, Gary Kovacs, will take over as Mozilla CEO. John Lilly is expected to stay on as a member of Mozilla’s board once Kovacs takes the position.

Kovacs will be responsible for “leading the overall direction of the organization and its products,” which includes Web browser Firefox, Mozilla said in a blog announcing the takeover.

Mozilla plans “a series of events around the world,” starting in November, so the company’s stakeholders can meet and talk with the new CEO.

Mozilla was impressed with Kovac’s resume. Besides running Sybase, he was once general manager and vice president of mobile and devices at Adobe. He was also VP of product marketing at Macromedia. He worked in the global software division at IBM for 10 years, and even ran his own company — Zi Corporation — which specialized in embedded software and services for mobile.

“He’s got deep background in the battlefields that will define the future of the Open Web: mobile and rich media, and he’s been involved in building great organizations several times over,” Lilly said of Kovacs in a blog.

Kovacs has a solid background in mobility, web, and application development.

Kovacs will be responsible for keeping Mozilla’s Firefox browser consistent in the browser market, which is currently at 23 percent. While Microsoft’s Internet Explorer commands a staggering 59.7 percent of market share, Google Chrome, which is in third with 8 percent, has been steadily climbing.

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