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12 May 2010, 11:59

Mozilla CEO John Lilly stepping down

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John Lilly
Mozilla CEO John Lilly
Mozilla's John Lilly has announced that, after nearly 5 years at Mozilla, he will be stepping down as CEO and leaving the company later this year. Lilly says that he is "incredibly proud of the work we’ve done over the last several years, and very optimistic about what the future holds," adding that he still intends to stay involved with the non-profit organisation and on the Board of Directors. After leaving Mozilla he says that he will be joining Greylock Partners as a venture partner.

Having already worked at Mozilla for some time as Vice President of Business Development and served as COO, Lilly replaced former Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker in early January of 2008. Previous working at Mozilla, Lilly was the founder, CEO, CTO and VP of products for a software company called Reactivity, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. Before that Lilly worked for Apple, Sun Microsystems and Trilogy Software.

More information on Lilly's departure from Mozilla, including the text of a letter that he sent to everyone at Mozilla, is available in a post on his personal blog. At the time of this writing, an official announcement or press release has yet to be made by Mozilla and, as Lilly won't be leaving Mozilla "for several months yet", a new CEO has not been named.

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