The fallout continues at Mozilla over the web giant's promotion of Proposition 8 donor Brendan Eich (right) to CEO.
According to the Wall Street Journal, half of the company's six-member board -- including two former CEOs -- resigned last week in response to Eich's hire:
Gary Kovacs, a former Mozilla CEO who runs online security company AVG Technologies; John Lilly, another former Mozilla CEO now a partner at venture-capital firm Greylock Partners; and Ellen Siminoff, CEO of online education startup Shmoop, left the board last week.
The departures leave three people on the Mozilla board: co-founder Mitchell Baker; Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, and Katharina Borchert, chief executive of German news site Spiegel Online.
The three board members who resigned sought a CEO from outside Mozilla with experience in the mobile industry who could help expand the organization's Firefox OS mobile-operating system and balance the skills of co-founders Eich and Baker, the people familiar with the situation said. They did not want to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Pressure is mounting on Eich as well: progressive advocacy organization CREDO launched a petition to Mozilla calling on Eich to publicly reverse his position and announce unequivocal support for marriage equality. If he is not willing to do so, the petition creators say, he must resign.
But the board's decision to elevate Eich, whose history of anti-gay advocacy was public before he was hired, to the position of CEO is a forceful gesture that elevates an advocate of writing discrimination into our laws to the head of a global brand representing openness and equality. The people at Mozilla and their massive community of users deserve better than a leader that advocates for inequality and hate.
It's not enough for Eich to pledge that he will enforce Mozilla's strong internal policies that ensure all employees are treated equal when he continues to refuse to renounce his advocacy for legislating hateful discrimination against gays and lesbians with constitutional amendments such as Proposition 8.
We hope for and would welcome a public statement from Eich of unequivocal support for equality not just within Mozilla but for all Americans. If he cannot do this he should resign or be fired.
As of this writing, CREDO's petition has almost 67,000 signatures. If you'd like to add yours, click here.
UPDATE: Dating site OKCupid has now joined the fray. Details, after the jump.