Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation chairwoman, has announced that John Lilly, Mozilla Corporation CEO, will step down of this role later this year, to pursue new challenges as a venture capitalist.
Sometime this year John will step down from his role as CEO at Mozilla to join the venture firm Greylock Partners, returning to his original plan of investing. John will remain on the Board of the Mozilla Corporation. And he will also remain at Mozilla during the transition. The timing of this announcement — just as we begin a formal search for a new CEO — is to make this process more open than is generally the case and is a reflection of the uniqueness of Mozilla as a public benefit organization dedicated to openness and participation in Internet life.
John Lilly succeeded Mitchell Baker as CEO of Mozilla Corporation a little more than 2 years ago now, after working as COO for the previous few years, and has effectively helped to make Mozilla a leading Internet force, through innovative products and projects, and a committed, healthy global community.
UPDATE: John has posted on the transition on his blog.