Ex-Mozilla Chief is Now Head of Security Software Maker AVG

Paul Lilly

AVG has a new leader

AVG Technologies was in need of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Gary Kovacs, the former chief of Mozilla, needed a job after having stepped down from his previous role several months ago. Like a cheesy corporate love story, the two have found each other and will ride off into the sunset hand-in-hand, or something like that. Hollywood shenanigans aside, Kovacs will bring his more than two decades of Mozilla experience to one of the more popular free security vendors on the market.

"We welcome Gary to AVG and look forward to benefiting from his seasoned leadership skills as CEO and as a member of the Management Board. His past career successes are directly applicable to the opportunity and the future of AVG ­­-- mobile, cloud, software and platforms -- and we believe that his rare blend of experience, leadership and drive will take AVG to new levels," said Dale Fuller , Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AVG.

Kovacs spent 25 years with Mozilla, and prior to that, he was Senior VP of Markets, Solutions, and Products at Sybase (acquired by SAP) and General Manager and VP of Mobile and Devices at Adobe. He's also held various positions at companies like Macromedia, Zi Corporation, and IBM.

Under Kovacs' leadership, AVG will put a lot of focus into mobile security. Kovacs must also figure out a way to keep AVG competitive with the other freebie security vendors out there, including Avira, Avast, and Microsoft.

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