Mozilla Appoints John Lilly as Chief Executive Officer

Mon Jan 7, 2008 7:00pm EST

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Mozilla Corporation today
announced the appointment of current chief operating officer John Lilly as its
CEO, effective immediately. Concurrent with the appointment of Lilly, Mozilla
also announced that Mitchell Baker, Mozilla's current CEO, would continue as
Chairman and a full-time executive of the corporation.
    "John Lilly is the right person to guide the maturation of Mozilla," said
Mitchell Baker, Chairman of Mozilla Corporation. "John has been instrumental
in developing an organization 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."
    As CEO, John will focus on the product, technology and execution of the
Mozilla Corporation. Mitchell will focus on bringing Mozilla goals and
mindshare to affect change in related aspects of Internet development, such as
standards and interoperability, treatment of data, and use of market
mechanisms to support public benefit organizations.
    "I'm honored and excited to help Mozilla advance its mission of a
participatory Web around the world. The Web is the single most important
innovation of our lifetimes -- it affects everything," said Lilly. "With
thousands of open source contributors, more than 125 million users, and
countless organizations who rely on Mozilla's community and technology, we're
in rarefied territory."
    "I've worked with both Mitchell and John for a number of years now, and I
strongly support these moves at Mozilla, which should allow the organization
to do more things than ever before and to do them well," said Mitch Kapor,
board member and former chairman, Mozilla Foundation.
    Background on John Lilly
John Lilly joined Mozilla Corporation in 2005 as Vice President of
Business Development, and, since 2006, has served as COO and a member of the
Board of Directors. Prior to this, Lilly was the founder, CEO, CTO and VP of
products for Reactivity, a software company acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007.
Previously, he held staff positions at Apple, Sun Microsystems and Trilogy
Software. Lilly has been an active participant in open source projects,
serving on the boards of the Open Source Applications Foundation and
Participatory Culture Foundation. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer
science from Stanford University.
    For more information, please see the following blog posts from Mitchell
Baker and John Lilly:
    Mitchell Baker's blog post:
    John Lilly's blog post:

    About Mozilla
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products and technologies that improve the online experience for people
everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and
cooperative development process, under the umbrella of the non-profit Mozilla
Foundation. As a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation organizes
the development and marketing of Mozilla products. This unique structure has
enabled Mozilla to financially support and cultivate competitive, viable
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