Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

Chris Beard

Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning.

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for leading our global marketing strategy and organization.

Jascha Kaykas-WolffJascha’s background and deep experience in product positioning, marketing strategy, and brand building make him ideally positioned to lead a strategic marketing organization that continues to build Mozilla’s global brands and influence in a highly competitive marketplace.

Jascha was most recently at BitTorrent where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining BitTorrent, Jascha was Chief Marketing Officer for Mindjet, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Success at Involver and led Global Marketing for Webtrends.

He will be based in the Bay Area, working out of our Mozilla Space in San Francisco and our headquarters in Mountain View.

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Nick Nguyen returns to Mozilla today as a Vice President of Product Strategy after 4 years away.  As a product strategist, he will be responsible for leading strategic product initiatives to advance our mission.

Nick NguyenPrior to his return to Mozilla today, Nick served as Sr. Director of Mobile Products at Walmart Labs following the acquisition of Tasty Labs, a mobile and social startup he co-founded and where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Products. At Walmart Labs, he was responsible for launching award-winning Android and iOS apps for Walmart, Sam’s Club and Asda. Prior to this he served as Director of Addons for Mozilla where he was responsible for Firefox ecosystem development and customization features. He has also held a variety of product leadership and software development roles at Yahoo!, Trilogy and Ford Motor Company.

He will be based in the Bay Area and will work primarily out of our headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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Nick’s bio & Mozillians profile
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We’re thrilled that both Jascha and Nick are joining us in our relentless pursuit of the Mozilla mission, our strategy of building great products and empowering people, and the impact we aim to have on the world.

Welcome Jascha!  Welcome back Nick!

chris

Firefox for Android Crosses 100 Million Downloads

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We’re proud to share that Firefox for Android has now been downloaded more than 100 million times from Google Play, and has always been consistently rated by users with more than 4.0 stars. From customization, easy search settings and adaptive sharing, to privacy coaching and home panel add-ons, we’ve built an experience that goes beyond browsing, to offer users greater flexibility and control over their online lives.

Firefox for Android is the most customizable mobile Web browser available, with plenty of features that help safeguard your privacy online and make it easier to get to and discover your favorite Web content faster. We’ve always been focused on delivering a product that people love and supports the values of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. By choosing to search for, download and actively use Firefox as their Android browser, our users are reinforcing Mozilla’s mission and embracing Firefox as part of their daily, mobile lives.

Mozilla created Firefox for Android to give you the ability to take the power of Firefox everywhere and we wouldn’t be where we are today without your support. Thank you to those who have made our Android experience possible and to our users that continue to help us bring new features to more people everyday.

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Caption: Firefox for Android: celebrating 100m downloads

In celebration of 100 million downloads, we’re reflecting on all of the important milestones that helped shape Firefox for Android. Take a look at our top 10 list:

Top 10 Firefox for Android Milestones

  1. March 29, 2011: Firefox for Android is launched, complete with Firefox Sync to connect Firefox experience across devices and platforms.
  2. June 26, 2012: Firefox for Android debuts dynamic upgrade for faster Web access and Do Not Track features for added privacy.
  3. February 19, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces support for lightweight themes to offer greater browser personalization.
  4. September 17, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces QuickShare to give you more options when sharing your favourite Web content across social networks.
  5. October 29, 2013: Firefox for Android becomes the first to introduce Guest Browsing to give you additional privacy features.
  6. November 7, 2013: Firefox for Android pre-installed on Kobo Arc Tablets and GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1 smartphones.
  7. December 10, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces new Top Sites, History, Bookmarks and Reading List swipeable home screen panels, giving you easier access to the Web content you want to see.
  8. October 14, 2014: Mozilla introduces a quick and easy way to send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your streaming-enabled TV via Roku and Chromecast devices.
  9. November 10, 2014: Mozilla adds DuckDuckGo as a pre-installed search option.
  10. April 9, 2015: Firefox for Android surpasses 100 million downloads.

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Firefox OS Arrives in South Africa

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We are pleased to announce that Firefox OS has expanded to South Africa, in partnership with MTN. Mozilla’s web-based operating system is now available through MTN on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH FIRE E device.

“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands”, Li Gong, President of Mozilla, says. “We are excited to see MTN launching the first Firefox OS devices in South Africa, enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost.”

South Africa is the first market in the African region where Firefox OS devices become available. As of today, Firefox OS has launched with local partners in 32 markets on five continents. Additional African market launches are anticipated this year, as announced at MWC.

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Please welcome Allison Banks, Vice President of People

Chris Beard

We’re thrilled to announce that Allison Banks is joining the leadership team at Mozilla today as our new Vice President of People.

As the leader of our global human resource team at Mozilla, Allison will be responsible, above all, for ensuring our people have what they need to help move our mission forward. Specifically, her team will develop and execute the people-related strategies and activities that will help to foster growth, innovation, and our overall organizational effectiveness.

With over 20 years of experience, Allison joins us most recently from GoPro where she served as Sr. Director of HR overseeing the hiring of 900 people, opening offices in seven countries, integrating acquisitions and building the HR processes and systems required to support a dynamic global organization. Prior to GoPro, she developed her HR expertise and track record for inspiring and supporting people at Perforce Software, Citibank, and Ingres.

Allison’s background, experience and passion for the human side of business is an exceptional fit for Mozilla.

She will be based in the Bay Area, working out of our Mozilla Space in San Francisco and our headquarters in Mountain View.

Please join me in welcoming Allison to Mozilla!

chris

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Allison Banks, Vice President of People, Mozilla

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Please welcome David Bryant, Vice President of Platform Engineering

Chris Beard

We’re excited to announce that David Bryant is joining the leadership team at Mozilla today as our new Vice President of Platform Engineering.

David was most recently at Nokia where he served as Vice President of Advanced Engineering and focused on leading the global hardware and software engineering teams to accelerate new mobile product development. He brings with him significant experience in mobile, software architecture and engineering management having held executive leadership positions spanning engineering and marketing at Nokia, Sun and Bell Labs.

We’re thrilled to have David join Mozilla as we work to fulfill our mission of building the Internet as a global public resource open and accessible to all. We do this by building great products that help people take control of and explore the full potential of their online lives, while empowering them with technology, education and opportunity to advance the Open Web.

David’s background, experience and passion for technology, coupled with his commitment to building products and platforms that solve real world problems is an exceptional fit for Mozilla.

He will be based in our headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Please join me in welcoming David to Mozilla!

chris

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Unity 5 Ships and Brings One Click WebGL Export to Legions of Game Developers

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Mozilla’s goal of high quality plugin-free gaming on the Web is taking a giant leap forward today with the release of Unity 5. This new version of the world’s most popular game development tool includes a preview of their amazing WebGL exporter. Unity 5 developers are one click away from publishing their games to the Web in a whole new way, by taking advantage of WebGL and asm.js. The result is native-like performance in desktop browsers without the need for plugins.

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Bringing Native Games to the Web is About to get a Whole Lot Easier

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GDC 2015 is a major milestone in a long term collaboration between Mozilla and the world’s biggest game engine makers. We set out to bring high performance games to the Web without plugins, and that goal is now being realized. Unity Technologies is including the WebGL export preview as part of their Unity 5 release, available today. Epic Games has added a beta HTML5 exporter as part of their regular binary engine releases. This means plugin-free Web deployment is now in the hands of game developers working with these popular tools. They select the Web as their target platform and, with one click, they can build to it. Now developers can unlock the world’s biggest open distribution platform leveraging two Mozilla-pioneered technologies, asm.js and WebGL.

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Firefox OS Proves Flexibility of Web: Ecosystem Expands with More Partners, Device Categories and Regions in 2015

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Orange to bring Firefox OS to 13 new markets in Africa and Middle East; Mozilla, KDDI, LG U+, Telefónica and Verizon collaborate on new category of phones based on Firefox OS

Barcelona, Spain – Mobile World Congress – March 1st, 2015 – Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands, welcomed new partners and devices to the Firefox OS ecosystem at an event in Barcelona, leading into Mobile World Congress. Continue reading …

Mozilla, KDDI, LG U+, Telefónica and Verizon Wireless Collaborate to Create New Category of Firefox OS Phones

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New range of intuitive and easy-to-use phones to be powered by Firefox OS

Barcelona, Spain – Mobile World Congress – March 1, 2015
Mozilla, the mission based organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands, together with KDDI, LG U+, Telefónica and Verizon Wireless, today announced at Mobile World Congress a new initiative to create devices based on Firefox OS. Continue reading …