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[April 04, 2014]

Mozilla CEO Brenden Eich steps down after Prop 8 donation outcry [The Washington Times :: ]

(Washington Times (DC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) April 03--Brendan Eich, the co-founder of Mozilla, has stepped down as CEO over the controversy that erupted after his $1,000 pledge in support of California's anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8 became widely known.


"Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn't live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves," read a statement from Mozilla. "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better." Mr. Eich, the inventor of the Javascript programming language, tried to quell the calls for his resignation in late March shortly after taking up the position, stating: "I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. [...] I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results." It wasn't enough, and on Thursday he officially stepped down.

"It's clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting," Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker said in an interview Thursday morning, the technology website Recode reported. "The ability to lead -- particularly for the CEO -- is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here." Mr. Eich had insisted that his personal views did not affect his ability to lead the company, noting that Mozilla had been extremely friendly to the gay and lesbian community for years. Ms. Baker's past experience with him seemed to validate his claims.

"That was shocking to me, because I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozilla's values of inclusiveness," she said, Recode reported. "But I overestimated that experience." ___ (c)2014 The Washington Times (Washington, DC) Visit The Washington Times (Washington, DC) at www.washingtontimes.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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