Mozilla appointed an interim CEO on Monday, as the company attempts to move past a controversy over same-sex marriage that forced out its previous chief.
Chris Beard, a Mozilla veteran who served as chief marketing officer and helped launch the Firefox browser, will lead the software non-profit firm until it finds a replacement CEO, Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker said in a statement.
Beard succeeds Brendan Eich, who was in the job only 10 days before anger over his donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign forced him out.
"Mozilla finds itself in the midst of an unexpected leadership transition," Baker said. "We intend to use recent events as a catalyst to develop and expand Mozilla's leadership."
Eich donated $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign back in 2008. Prop 8 was a ballot initiative that sought to make same-sex marriage illegal in the state.
Firefox users and developers, members of the gay community and vocal Mozilla employees took to blogs and Twitter ( last month to protest Eich's appointment. Online dating site OkCupid )joined the fray as well, calling for a boycott of the Firefox browser.
News of Eich's donation was first made public in 2012, but attracted a new wave of attention last month when he was promoted to CEO from his previous job as chief technology officer.