Firefox CEO Brendan Eich resigns amidst Prop 8 backlash
Less than two weeks after securing the top job at Mozilla, CEO Brendan Eichs has stepped down. Eich was the subject of an internet backlash after it was revealed he had made a donation in support of Proposition 8 – the recently struck down California law which overturned gay marriage.
Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker made the announcement in a statement on a Mozilla blog yesterday. Micthell said the company understood consumers' anger over Eich's appointment.
“We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves, We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”
Earlier this week Eich had declared he would not resign, telling The Guardian his donation was personal.
“I agree with people who say it wasn't private, but it was personal. But the principle that I have operated by, that is formalised in our code of conduct at Mozilla, is it's really about keeping anything that's not central to our mission out of our office."
Eich is yet to make a statement on his resignation as CEO.