Former Mozilla head Gary Kovacs (pictured right) has been named as security firm AVG's new chief executive officer, four months after the departure of former boss JR Smith.
AVG chairman of the supervisory board, Dale Fuller confirmed that Kovacs would take the role in a public statement, claiming his experience in helping Mozilla enter the mobile space with Firefox OS will be an invaluable aid to the company's own expansion plans.
"We welcome Gary to AVG and look forward to benefiting from his seasoned leadership skills as CEO. His past career successes are directly applicable to the opportunity and the future of AVG – mobile, cloud, software and platforms – and we believe that his rare blend of experience, leadership and drive will take AVG to new levels," he said.
Kovacs mirrored Fuller's sentiment, announcing plans to mirror his strategy at Mozilla and target emerging markets.
"We know that there are over two and a half billion people online and we anticipate another two and a half billion people coming online in the next five years. With all these people online there is going to be an increasing urgency to secure them," he said.
"I have dedicated my last three years to that pursuit and with AVG building products that simplify and secure users' digital lives, it is a natural fit. I am really excited to be here and I am looking forward to helping AVG continue to grow its business."
The news comes four months after former AVG chief executive JR Smith unexpectedly stepped down from his role for unknown reasons. Before Kovacs' appointment, AVG chief operating officer John Giamatteo had overseen the day-to-day running of the company. Kovacs stepped down from his role at Mozilla in April having served as its chief for two and a half years.
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