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Mozilla Hires Tech Veteran As Chief Operating Officer

By George Paul
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Mozilla, the tech company behind the Firefox web browser, has announced that Adam Seligman will serve as its new Chief Operating Officer. Seligman will report to CEO & Chairwoman Mitchell Baker.

In his new role, Seligman will lead Mozilla’s Pocket, Emerging Technologies, Marketing, and Open Innovation teams to accelerate product growth and profitable business models. He will also collaborate with SVP of Firefox Dave Camp to accomplish similar goals at the web browser.

Seligman joins Mozilla with nearly two decades of tech experience. Prior to Mozilla, he was Google’s VP of Developer Relations from 2018 to 2019. Seligman also held multiple positions at Salesforce from 2011 to 2017, including EVP of Salesforce Platform. From 2003 to 2011, he worked at Microsoft where he was a key member of the web platform strategy team.

In a press release, Seligman said, “The open internet is keeping our industries running and our children learning. It’s our lifeline to family and friends, and it’s our primary source of information. It powers everything from small business to social movements. I want to give back to an internet that works for people — not against them. And there is no better champion for a people-first vision of the internet than Mozilla.”

Baker stated, “Adam will work closely with me to help scale our businesses, growing capabilities, revenue and impact to fulfill Mozilla’s mission in service to internet users around the world.” And, “I eagerly look forward to working together with Adam to navigate these troubled times and build a vibrant future for Mozilla’s product and mission.”

Seligman’s appointment can help Mozilla bounce back from a disappointing 2019, in which it failed to generate expected revenue from new subscription products and sources outside of search. This shortfall contributed to the company’s decision to lay off around 70 employees in January 2020.

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