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Stormy Peters is quitting her paid position as executive director at the GNOME Foundation in favour of a new job as Mozilla’s head of developer engagement.

The FOSS advocate joined the GNOME Foundation in July 2008. She previously worked at OpenLogic as director of community and partner programmes, and before that headed up Hewlett-Packard’s open source strategy, policy and biz practices.

In her latest move to Mozilla, Peters will be championing the “open web”.

Meanwhile, she hasn’t completely turned her back on the GNOME Foundation, which she helped found in 2000. Peters no longer has a paid job there, but she said she would continue to support the marketing team and plans to run for a seat on the group’s board of directors when elections begin next spring.

“As many of you know, I think we have a complete free and open source solution for the desktop but we still have a lot of work to do on the web,” said Peters.

“Many of us now depend on web applications that are not only not free but don’t even let us download and protect our own data in reasonable ways.

"Working on developer engagement at Mozilla will let me dedicate more of my resources to making sure developers have the tools and knowledge they need to create applications on the open web.”

In related Mozilla news, Firefox turns six today and it has a new CEO in the shape of Gary Kovacs, who earlier tweeted: "'hello world' - great to be part of the mission. thanks for all the warm welcomes on my first day.....and here we go!" ®

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