New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

Summary: Mozilla named Gary Kovacs as its new CEO and the appointment highlights how important mobile and user interfaces will be to the future of Firefox.

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Mozilla named Gary Kovacs as its new CEO and the appointment highlights how important mobile and user interfaces will be to the future of Firefox.

In a blog post, outgoing CEO John Lilly officially handed off to Kovacs. Mozilla also made an official announcement as did Mitchell Baker.

The naming of Kovacs as Mozilla CEO is notable, but his track record may be more interesting since it tips the direction of the open source organization. Mozilla went with a leader well versed in software development.

Lilly noted that Kovacs is a veteran of rich media and mobile---two areas critical to the future of browsing. Kovacs had stints at Macromedia, Adobe and Sybase.

As Lilly noted:

He’s got deep background in the battlefields that will define the future of the Open Web: mobile and rich media, and he’s been involved in building great organizations several times over.

Indeed, Kovacs' experience also has a little enterprise twist to it. Prior to joining Mozilla, Kovacs was senior vice president of markets, solutions and products at Sybase, now part of SAP. He was also vice president of mobile and devices at Adobe and vice president of product marketing at Macromedia.

As the browser, via HTML5, starts delivering more rich experiences on the desktop, Kovacs' user interface knowledge will be necessary. And as the desktop is replaced with mobile devices, Kovacs' mobile mojo will be needed too.

Related: Android tablets, smartphones: Mozilla Firefox's best shot at mobile relevance

Topics: CXO, Browser, Mobility

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  • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

    - so what does he think about Blackberries?
    flukejh06
    • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

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    • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

      @flukejh06

      I don't know about BlackBerry, since they use another OS (BlackBerry OS if i'm not mistaken) Mozilla do need to re-invent it self when it comes to mobile browsing. So far they have ran for the forest when it comes to desktop support (on regards to performance), so this is one of the first areas they have to tackle before moving on to the mobile environment.

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  • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

    iPhone Firefox would be pretty awesome. Here's hoping they actually make a version for iOS.
    wcecsharp@...
    • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

      @wcecsharp@... They can't. Apple won't allow browsers that introduce new third party rendering engines onto the phone to be featured in their app store. All browser running on iOS devices must, according to Apple, run on top of the default iOS browser architecture.
      eMJayy
      • So then they can build a new FF browser with great mobile interface

        and great mobile features. In fact since they dont have to worry at all about the rendering and script engines they can focus completely on making a kick a** mobile user interface. So everybodies waiting, go ahead and announce it's coming...
        Johnny Vegas
  • RE: New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface

    only android and iOS ?
    Are you mad ?
    if firefox can fly
    that opera will shot out the space.....

    come on Opera can works on Everyphone
    Why FireFox cant
    power181