JavaScript creator takes Mozilla helm

Brendan Eich takes CEO spot from six-year veteran Jay Sullivan

Brendan Eich, Mozilla CEO

Brendan Eich, Mozilla CEO

JavaScript creator and Brendan Eich has taken over the CEO spot at the Mozilla Corporation, continuing the company's charge into mobile platforms.

Eich formerly occupied the role of chief technology officer for the nonprofit organization.

Jay Sullivan, who was the former acting CEO, will remain for the transition period. Sullivan served as CEO for the past six years, including the launch of the company's mobile-minded Firefox OS for smartphones.

Eich helped started the Mozilla project in 1998, when he was working at Netscape Communications.

After largely losing a battle for the browser audience to Microsoft, Netscape open sourced the codebase for its Netscape Navigator browser in 1998, using the code-name Mozilla. Eich had been working on the browser for Netscape since 1995.

During this time, Eich also created JavaScript, now one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web.

With the help of volunteers around the world, the Mozilla team tightened up the code to the browser, work for which led to Firefox, which remains one of the most widely used browsers today.

AOL purchased Netscape, and in 2003, Eich, along with Mitchell Baker, started the Mozilla Foundation to steward the Mozilla codebase. Baker is currently the chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation.

Eich was instrumental in the success of Firefox, both on the technical and marketing side, Baker noted in a blog post.

In addition to Firefox and Firefox OS, Mozilla also manages the Thunderbird mail client, the BugZilla bug tracking system and the Gecko rendering engine, which is used in Firefox and other browsers. All these software programs are open source.

Another personnel change for the company: Li Gong, former senior vice president of mobile devices, will be named chief operating officer and will oversee cloud services, IT, marketplace operations, mobile and research, and platform engineering.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags business issuespersonnelmozilla

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?