Brendan Eich, official Mozilla Foundation photograph, August 21, 2012
|Born||1961 (age 52–53)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
Brendan Eich received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University. He received his master's degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Eich started his career at Silicon Graphics, working for seven years on operating system and network code. He then worked for three years at MicroUnity Systems Engineering writing microkernel and DSP code, and doing the first MIPS R4000 port of GCC.
In early 1998, he helped found the Mozilla project, with a website at mozilla.org, that was meant to manage open-source contributions to the Netscape source code. He served as Mozilla's chief architect. AOL bought Netscape in 1999. After AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in July 2003, Eich helped spin out the Mozilla Foundation.
In August 2005, after serving as Lead Technologist and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation, Eich became CTO of the newly-founded Mozilla Corporation, meant to be the Mozilla Foundation's for-profit arm.
CEO appointment and resignation
On March 24, 2014, Eich was promoted to CEO of Mozilla Corporation. His appointment sparked controversy over a $1,000 political donation Eich had made in 2008 to the campaign for California Proposition 8, which sought to make same-sex marriage unconstitutional in California. This revelation had previously been made two years prior, in March 2012, and provoked some criticism at the time in social media, particularly Twitter. After his appointment to CEO, the controversy reemerged. In the ensuing public debate, some LGBT activists called for a boycott of the company. A number of Mozilla employees asked him to step down, while others spoke out on their blogs in his favor. Three of Mozilla Corporation's five directors resigned following Eich's appointment, which the Mozilla Foundation attributed to "a variety of reasons. Two of the board members had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search, regardless of the person selected." On April 3, 2014, Eich stepped down as CEO and resigned from working at Mozilla. In his personal blog, Eich posted that "under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader."
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