updated 05:59 pm EDT, Mon March 24, 2014
Former CTO takes reins, names new COO in focus on Firefox OS
Samples of 'Firefox OS' mobile devices
To this end, Eich has promoted Li Gong, one of the lead developers of the Firefox OS, to be Mozilla's new COO -- replacing Jay Sullivan, who has been the acting CEO since Kovacs retired and who plans to leave himself once the transition is complete. Eich, now installed as CEO, wrote on the company's blog that "Mozilla is about people-power on the Web and Internet --putting individual users, who create as well as consume, above all other agendas." He went on to say that users are "our ultimate cause" and "a source of inspiration and ongoing help" in the development of the platform and browser.
Co-founder and first CEO Mitchell Baker will continue her role as executive chair of the company, praising Eich as "an absolutely foundational element of Mozilla and our success for the past 15 years." She added that she was "very happy with this combination of continuity and change" in the company. Eich will be in charge of fulfilling Mozilla's promise of new, Firefox OS-powered handsets and "$25 smartphones" the company has promised.