Goodbye to Mitchell Baker.
This almost got lost in the rash of hardware announcements this week, but one of our favourite companies out there has a new head honcho.
John Lilly, Mozilla’s CEO since 2006, has stepped up to replace Mitchell Baker who has helmed the organisation since its initial set up as a non-profit foundation in 2003 and through its transformation to a taxable Corporation from 2005. Baker will stay on with Mozilla, as Chairman and a full-time executive.
“John Lilly is the right person to guide the maturation of Mozilla,” said Baker in a statement. “John has been instrumental in developing an organisation that is both embedded in Mozilla and open-source DNA and that can function at the extremely high degree of effectiveness that our setting requires.”
Baker will now focus her talents on related aspects of Internet development such as standards and interoperability, treatment of data and use of market mechanisms to support public benefit organisations.
“I’m honoured and excited to help Mozilla advance its mission of a participatory Web around the world,” said Lilly. “The Web is the single most important innovation of our lifetimes – it affects everything. With thousands of open source contributors, more than 125 million users, and countless organisations which rely on Mozilla’s community and technology, we’re in rarefied territory.”
Don’t expect radical changes following this move. Firefox has been and continues to move in the right direction and smacks more of Baker’s desire to change her role after many years at the top.
The other good news here is it freshens up the traditional Mozilla sexual minefield: Mitchell, who many don’t realise is a woman, has been replaced by Lilly, who is a man. Oh the linguistic joy!