Co-founder Eich takes reins at Mozilla

Firefox maker Mozilla has appointed co-founder Brendan Eich as its CEO, after a year of looking for a suitable candidate.

Co-founder Eich takes reins at Mozilla

Eich, the creator of JavaScript, will start immediately, taking over the reins from Jay Sullivan, who has been in temporary charge for the past 12 months and will be leaving “to pursue new opportunities”.

According to Mozilla, Eich will “bring Mozilla’s founding vision and boldness to our current initiatives” when he moves up from his current role as chief technology officer. He has been with development team since Mozilla started in 1998, and developed JavaScript after joining Netscape in 1995.

As well as pushing Firefox developments, Eich is also expected to focus on Mozilla’s news tools, including Firefox OS and its cloud services.

The announcement comes a year after CEO Gary Kovacs stood down as the organisation’s CEO.

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