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Mozilla Chief to Quit

He wants “something more commercial” to entertain him and will stay on the board

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down sometime later this year he told employees Thursday.

Mozilla will be looking for a new chief executive and Kovacs will stay there until that person is found.

He wants "something more commercial" to entertain him and will stay on the board.

Under his watch Mozilla, oddly both a for-profit and non-profit, which is like serving the biblical two masters, went mobile and created the open HTML5-based - none of this fragmented native to a particular operating system business - Firefox OS, which has been adopted by some carriers in emerging markets like Brazil's Telefónica for their entry-level phones.

Its carrier partners include Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Etisalat.

All Things D says Kovacs also struck a commercial software deal with Samsung to "build a new browser engine for Android and the ARM architecture called Servo, which will be written in Mozilla's new Rust programming language."

Ahead of Kovacs' departure Jay Sullivan, SVP of products, has been named COO; Harvey Anderson, VP of business affairs and general counsel, has been promoted to SVP of business and legal affairs; and Li Gong, who has been running Mozilla's Asian operations, will take over mobile devices.

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