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Ex-Mozilla CEO To Run AVG

AVG has upwards of 150 million users globally

Gary Kovacs, who said in April he was stepping down as CEO of Mozilla to find something “more commercial,” has turned up as CEO of publicly held Internet and mobile security software house AVG Technologies NV, based in Amsterdam and San Francisco.

AVG has upwards of 150 million users globally, 25% of whom use its mobile widgetry like its free anti-virus for Android. It sees its future in future.

In a canned statement Kovacs said, “We know that there are over two and a half billion people online and we anticipate another two and a half billion people coming online in the next five years. With all these people online there is going to be an increasing urgency to secure them.”

Kovacs was at Mozilla for about two years after working at Sybase and Adobe and was behind the development of the newfangled Firefox OS, an HTML5-dependent mobile operating system due to launch on entry-level phones next year intending to disrupt any low-end ambitions iOS, Android and Windows Phone may have in emerging markets.

His AVG appointment still has to be approved by the company’s stockholders.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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