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Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly is leaving the open source browser maker after five years.

He confirmed yesterday that he would move on to a venture partner role at Greylock Partners later this year.

In the meantime he will stay on at Mozilla as CEO until the outfit finds a successor. Lilly added that he intended to continue to have some involvement on the org’s board of directors.

Lilly wrote an internal letter to Mozilla workers informing them of his planned departure yesterday.

“I’ve always been a startup guy at heart - Mozilla was originally going to be a quick volunteer effort for me, but quickly turned into a full time job, and at the beginning of 2008 turned into the CEO job that I have now,” he said.

“I’ve really been missing working with startups, and want to learn how to invest in and build great new startups, so am planning to join Greylock Partners as a Venture Partner once we transition here.” ®

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