Planned Leadership Transition

May 11th, 2010

When John Lilly joined Mozilla, he told me he expected to contribute as an employee for two years. At the time John had originally been planning to join the investing world as a venture capitalist. That was five years ago.

Sometime this year John will step down from his role as CEO at Mozilla to join the venture firm Greylock Partners, returning to his original plan of investing. John will remain on the Board of the Mozilla Corporation. And he will also remain at Mozilla during the transition. The timing of this announcement — just as we begin a formal search for a new CEO — is to make this process more open than is generally the case and is a reflection of the uniqueness of Mozilla as a public benefit organization dedicated to openness and participation in Internet life.

It’s been a pleasure to work with John in building an organization that marries our public benefit mission with extraordinary reach and excellence in execution. Mozilla is now on a path to reaching half a billion people (400 million so far) around the world in more than 78 languages, Firefox on mobile is coming to life — and Mozilla’s global community and organization is bringing individual empowerment to more people and more areas of Internet life than ever before.

As we work through this transition, we have confidence that the Mozilla community will continue working to advance our core purpose — building openness and individual empowerment into the fabric of the Internet.

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    Ken Saunders said on May 11th, 2010 at 5:47 pm:

    Thanks and best wishes to Mr. Lilly. I’m glad that he’ll still be involved with Mozilla.

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    Percy Cabello said on May 11th, 2010 at 6:50 pm:

    Thanks to John for his great contribution making Mozilla the Internet force it is today. Best wishes to him and his closest team in the months to come. I’m pretty confident we will keeping hearing of him around here!

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    Alex Shepherd said on May 11th, 2010 at 8:31 pm:

    Firefox May Already Be Dead.

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    Ken Saunders said on May 12th, 2010 at 12:01 am:

    Alex Shepherd
    a) Troll?
    b) Coward (must have a site or blog)?
    c) Dead wrong?
    d) Clueless?
    f) All of the above?

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    Murali said on May 12th, 2010 at 7:36 am:

    Alex Shepherd said on May 11th, 2010 at 8:31 pm: Firefox May Already Be Dead.

    In your dreams idiot !! Mozilla is an eco-system and Firefox is an open web idea. You can’t kill ideas. Mozilla is a community of extraordinary volunteers and all that they do is for their passion. John’s contribution to Mozilla would not change … only his role/title is …

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    Martin said on May 21st, 2010 at 1:29 am:

    Nothing about webM? Is it lizence free or just “google-licence”?
    Sorry for posting here but haven’t found a direct mail-form. (Please delete me 😉 )

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