Yesterday, Chris Beard, the CEO of Mozilla, announced that he will be stepping down from his role by the end of this year. After an astounding tenure of more than fifteen years at Mozilla, Beard’s immediate plans are to take a break and spend more time with his family.
It's been a privledge to serve as Mozilla CEO these past 5 years. I'm so incredibly proud of what our teams have accomplished over the years, and the product, tech and policy work that's to come. https://t.co/0fafLUwv2Q
— Chris Beard (@cbeard) August 29, 2019
Chris Beard’s journey at Mozilla started back in 2004, just before Firefox 1.0 was released. Since then he has been deeply involved in almost every part of the business including product, marketing, innovation, communications, community, and user engagement.
In 2013, Beard worked as an Executive-in-Residence at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners, gaining a deeper perspective on innovation and entrepreneurship. During this time he remained an advisor to Mozilla’s Chair, Mitchell Baker.
Throughout his tenure as a “Mozillian”, Chris Beard has made countless contributions to the company. Listing his achievements, Mozilla’s Chair, Mitchell Baker wrote in a thanking post, “This includes reinvigorating our flagship web browser Firefox to be once again a best-in-class product. It includes recharging our focus on meeting the online security and privacy needs facing people today. And it includes expanding our product offerings beyond the browser to include a suite of privacy and security-focused products and services from Facebook Container and Enhanced Tracking Protection to Firefox Monitor.”
Mozilla is now seeking a successor for Beard to lead the company. Mitchell Baker has agreed to step into an interim CEO role if the search continues beyond this year. Meanwhile, Chris Beard will continue to be an advisor to the board of directors and Baker. “And I will stay engaged for the long-term as an advisor to both Mitchell and the Board, as I’ve done before,” he wrote.
Many of Beard’s co-workers thanked him for his contribution to Mozilla:
It has been a privilege working with you. Thank you for bringing me onto the team 5 years ago. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity.
— jascha kaykas-wolff (@kaykas) August 29, 2019
Thank you Chris 🙏. Your past work and the comeback reinvigorated Mozilla, excited everybody and aligned everything we work on!
Your communication, empathy, integrity, honesty and humbleness has been an inspiration for me personally and the community at large.
— Harald Kirschner 🔥🦊🛠 (@digitarald) August 29, 2019
I'm very grateful for the work you've done, the plans you've set in motion, and the teams you've built. Thanks.
You can read Beard’s announcement on Mozilla’s blog.