Mozilla has appointed its vice president of Mobile Andreas Gal as the new chief technology officer, to replace the role vacated by Brendan Eich after his short-lived tenure as CEO for the Firefox firm.
Eich was the company's CTO until his appointment to the top position in March. But a user and staff backlash ensued when it was revealed that he had made a political donation to a campaign for a law seen as being anti-homosexual, and he eventually stepped down.
Interim CEO of Mozilla Chris Beard wrote in a blog post that Gal was the ideal candidate for the role given his vast experience with the firm.
Beard said Gal would take responsibility for technical decision-making within the company and managing its research and development programs. He will also continue to serve in his role as vice president of Mobile, which focuses on scaling its Firefox OS for smartphones.
The announcement comes as Mozilla unveiled a $10,000 bug bounty programme on Thursday, to ensure future builds of Firefox do not fall foul of any coding errors following the recent exposure of the Heartbleed security flaw.
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