Mozilla has installed a full-time CEO to replace the controversial Brendan Eich, who was ousted earlier this year.
Eich's political views were the source of controversy, and Mozilla was forced to apologise for not considering the views of its users and the community when it promoted him.
In 2008 Eich donated money, $1000, in support of California's anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8. While this was already known Mozilla was unable to handle the bad reaction to the promotion.
"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," it said in a statement.
"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."
Eich ultimately stepped down from the role, and a temporary CEO was appointed, and that was one-time chief marketing officer Chris Beard.
"Chris has been a Mozillian longer than most. He's been actively involved with Mozilla since before we shipped Firefox 1.0, he's guided and directed many of our innovative projects, and his vision and sense of Mozilla is equal to anyone's," said Mozilla's executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker at the time.
"I have relied on his judgement and advice for nearly a decade. This is an excellent time for Chris to bring his understanding of Mozilla to the board."
Beard's long service at the firm and his experience is what has kept him in the CEO role according to more recent statements from Mozilla. Baker said that she retained Beard as an advisor after he left to join venture capital firm Greylock Partners.
"Chris first joined Mozilla in 2004, just before we shipped Firefox 1.0 – and he's been deeply involved in every aspect of Mozilla ever since," said Baker in a blogpost on Monday.
"During his many years here, he at various times has had responsibility for almost every part of the business, including product, marketing, innovation, communications, community and user engagement."
Beard will help Mozilla to go forwards, she added: "Chris has a keen sense of where Mozilla has been – and where we're headed. He has unique experience connecting with every constituency that touches our products, including consumers, partners and community members.
"There's simply no better person to lead Mozilla as we extend our impact from Firefox on the desktop to the worlds of mobile devices and services."
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