Mozilla this week named Chris Beard as its interim CEO, filling the position left vacant after Brendan Eich resigned on April 3 after controversy erupted over a 2008 donation he made to the campaign for Proposition 8, an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California. Eich had been appointed CEO of Mozilla on March 24.
Beard is no stranger to the world of Mozilla, having first joined the organization in October 2004 and staying on board until June 2013 as the chief marketing officer. For the last 11 months, Beard has been working at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, where he has served as an executive in residence. In that role, Beard has helped Greylock’s portfolio companies as well as helped identify new areas of potential investment.