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Outfoxed: how protests forced Mozilla’s CEO to resign in 11 days

04
Apr
2014

On a rainy morning this week in San Francisco, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich sat down for coffee with one of the people calling for his resignation. Hampton Catlin, a prominent developer of apps for the nascent Firefox OS, announced he was abandoning the platform due to Eich’s handling of the disclosure that in 2008 he donated $1,000 to the fight against same-sex marriage. Instead, Eich resigned as CEO and stepped down from the board of the Mozilla foundation. Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it, the company’s executive chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, said in a blog post today.

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