Who wants to be Mozilla new CEO? There is probably a long list of candidate but one thing you should know is that your personal beliefs must be in accordance with the company’s belief. Let me tell you the story of the new and ex CEO of the company – Brendan Eich, whose values and opinions did not correspond with Mozilla thus creating a big controversy.
The whole story started in 2008 when Eich donated $1,000 to the fight against same-sex marriage. No matter your belief and opinion about same-sex marriage, one thing that is certain is that this highly personal information should have remained private. The reality is that it entered the public sphere in 2012 and created what Brendan Eich himself called a “firestorm of comments”. Quickly enough, he published a blog post appeasing tensions: “people in any group or project of significant size and diversity will not agree on many crucial issues unrelated to the group or project. (…) So I do not insist that anyone agree with me on a great many things, including political issues, and I refrain from putting my personal beliefs in others’ way in all matters Mozilla, JS and the Web. I hope for the same in return.” The controversy quickly died down but the tension lingered.
In 2014, Mozilla was looking for his new Chief Executive and interviewed a long list of potential candidate including Brendan Eich who ended up getting the job and entering his function at the end of March 2014. It did not take long before the 2012 controversy strike back. Mozilla is a company like many other who claims to be committed to equality among all. However, to what extent is that statement true when the same company decide to appoint a CEO who is well-known for being against same-sex marriage thus against equality among all. The situation escalated when Brendan Eich and Hampton Catlin, a prominent developer who announced his resignation due to the CEO nomination, met to talk about the situation. It became clear that the image of Eich would be harmful for Mozilla especiall since the company is going through crucial time, trying to gain back its strong position in a highly competitive market.
Mozilla put an end to the controversy in a blog post: “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.” And Eich finally resigned from his new position. So who wants to be Mozilla new CEO? You are warned!