In what has been one of the shortest tenure of a CEO of a technology company, Brendan Eich resigned From Mozilla after just 11 days. Shortly after Mr. Eich had been appointed CEO, March 24, 2014, it was made public that he had contributed $1,000 to California's, anti-gay marriage, proposition 8. On Wednesday rumors started swirling on who could replace Mr.Eich as CEO if he resigned. Then, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla announced that Mr. Eich did indeed resign from the company.
“Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community,“ Mitchell Baker wrote in Mozilla's blog. She later added “What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.”
Now, The job of replacing Mr. Eich start in earnest with the top three candidates being Scot Forstall, Kevin Puckingham and Steve Sinofsky. So, just who are these three? and what can they bring to the company that makes the Firefox web-browser? In the next few paragraph we will take a look at each one.
Steve Sinofsky worked for Redmond-based Microsoft for (1989-2012) 23 years. While he was at the Redmond-based giant he held several positions including taking over the flagship Windows division in 2006 until leaving in 2012. Since leave Microsoft Mr. Sinofsky has added to his resume as he became an advisory at the file sharing company Box and becoming a partner at Andreessen Horowitz venture capitol.
Scot Forstall joined Steve Job's Next company short after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in symbolic systems in 1991. He moved over Apple, Inc. when they bought Next. There he worked hand a big had in the development of the iPhone and worked on several versions of the Mac OS. Mr. Forstall left Apple, Inc. at the beginning of 2013 and went into philanthropic causes focused on education, poverty, and human rights
Kevin Packingham worked at the Sprint Corp. from 1999 to August 16, 2010 where he was vice president of technology. He later worked at Samsung where he was responsible for the EVO development. Mr. Packingham left Samsung in October of 2013.