Mozilla situation worsens as three board members call it quits



We have received the following emailed statement from Mozilla spokesperson regarding the resignations of the three board members:

The three board members ended their terms last week for a variety of reasons. Two had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search,regardless of the person selected.

Original Story

Appointing of Brendan Eich as new CEO of Mozilla hasn’t been a smooth sailing for the non-profit outfit as the first week saw employees demanding his resignation over his support to anti-gay marriage campaign following the resignation of three of its board members.

According to a report on the Wall Street Journal Gary Kovacks, John Lilly, and Ellen Siminoff have resigned from their board positions leaving Mitchell Baker; Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert on the board.

Gary Kovacs is a former Mozilla CEO and currently is in charge of AVG Technologies, while John Lilly is also a former Mozilla CEO and currently a partner at venture-capital firm Greylock Partners. Ellen Siminoff is the CEO of online education startup Shmoop.

The resignation of the three board members isn’t linked with Eich’s support for anti-gay marriage campaign, but according to the WSJ Kovacks, Lilly and Siminoff left because they are upset over company’s decision of not appointing someone from the outside who was more mobile-focused and who could have helped the non-profit boost the Firefox OS software.

Mozilla employees have been calling for Eich’s resignation after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to a campaign that supported Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure seeking a ban on same-sex marriage.

Eich stressed that he is “committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.”