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Not so long ago, we were wondering how detrimental a CEO’s personal and private views, beliefs and politics would be over the company he or she manages, referring to Brendan Eich’s anti gay – marriage policy support and the controversy it ignited throughout the world. As we reported back then, one of the most popular dating sites on the web – OKCupid – jumped to initiate a boycott campaign against Mozilla, urging its users to stop using the browser, as a sign of general protest against Eich’s disregard towards human rights. Eich’s appointment as Mozilla CEO was received with a serious dose of dismay, and even if nobody confirmed that the resignation of three Mozilla directors soon after Eich’s appointment was directly related to his proven implication in the support of anti gay marriage, one cannot ignore the coincidence. The boycott campaign started by OKCupid didn’t end without a powerful wave of public discontent aimed at Eich and it seems that the organization had to make a public stand in order to calm things down.
In a very recent official statement released on the Mozilla blog, Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman apologizes for Mozilla disappointing its people. The blog post announced that Brendan Eich resigned from his position as Mozilla CEO, for the greater good of the company and for the community Mozilla is servicing with dedication since 1998. This may come as a surprise, as last week Eich firmly denied any intention from resigning, considering that OKCupid’s boycott was a bit rash and that his personal views have nothing to do with his abilities of running Mozilla. In an interview he gave for The Guardian, Brendan Eich told the journalists that
I think I’m the best person for the job and I’m doing the job.
However, a week later, Brendan Eich resigned from his position as Mozilla CEO, giving a lot of satisfaction to the people who campaigned against him. If in the case of Justine Sacco, the company didn’t even blink before deciding to fire her, it took Mozilla quite some time to realize that immediate measures should have been taken. For this, Mitchell Baker apologized. New information regarding a new Mozilla CEO appointment are promised in the days to come.