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Mozilla CEO Resigns After Ten Days Due to Gay Marriage Controversy

Brendan Eich has resigned after only ten days in his position as CEO of Mozilla following protests over his support of gay marriage ban in California. He was criticized for a $1,000 contribution he made in 2008 backing Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriages. Public outcry for Eich’s resignation was led by dating website OkCupid, which encouraged users to boycott the Firefox web browser made by Mozilla. In a personal blog post, Eich stated "There are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla" as one of the reasons for his departure.

Eich was appointed CTO of Mozilla in 2005. After his appointment to CEO, three Mozilla board members resigned: Gary Kovacs, a former Mozilla CEO who runs online security company AVG Technologies; John Lilly, another former Mozilla CEO now a partner at venture-capital firm Greylock Partners; and Ellen Siminoff, CEO of online education startup Shmoop. Remaining on the Mozilla board are co-founder Mitchell Baker; Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, and Katharina Borchert, chief executive of German news site Spiegel Online.

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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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