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Beard to Step Down as Mozilla CEO

Chris Beard, who’s been CEO of Mozilla Corp. since 2004, said today he’s planning to leave the post at the end of the year.

Beard, who made the announcement in a company blog post, said Mozilla was starting a search for a replacement and that Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s chairwoman, would step in as interim CEO if the search extended beyond Beard’s departure.

Beard helped oversee something of a resurgence for Mozilla in recent years as privacy and data protection have become higher profile issues for the online world. Mozilla’s Firefox browser bills itself as more privacy friendly, and includes tools to make it easier to block companies from tracking a user’s activity. Firefox’s share of the global browser market is currently about 4.5%, well below Apple’s Safari and market leader Chrome. 

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