As Director of Engineering and then Special Projects at the Mozilla Foundation and Corporation since 2003, Chris Hofmann has spearheaded the research and development work of thousands of open source contributors around the world.
A Netscape employee before joining Mozilla, Chris contributed to every Netscape and Mozilla browser release since 1996.
As the first employee at the Mozilla Foundation in August 2003, Chris led a small but devoted team of the original ten engineers that established the Mozilla Foundation as an independent and self-sustaining organization.
In 2004, Chris managed and executed the first worldwide release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. Firefox 1.0 helped to fulfill the Mozilla Foundation’s goal of supporting open Web standards and provide innovation and choice for Internet client software and set Firefox on a path to remarkable market share growth over the last several years.
Chris now helps to build and strengthen Mozilla communities around the world. These contributors and communities are involved with localization of Firefox in to over 86 languages, extend Firefox with Addons, and provide support to Firefox users. He engages with security researchers to help improve browser security and manages Mozilla's Security Bug Bounty Program. He is also interested in engaging, helping, and promoting the work done in companies and large institutions to deploy Firefox use and Mozilla technology.
Asa Dotzler is the community coordinator for several Mozilla projects. He is the founder and coordinator of Mozilla’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing Program, which has grown from just a few contributors when Asa joined the project to tens of thousands of volunteers today. As the Quality Assurance lead, Asa works with Mozilla’s volunteer QA and testing community to ensure excellence and to certify applications for release.
Asa is also co-founder and community coordinator for the Spread Firefox project, launched in October 2004, where he spearheads open-source marketing projects. Spread Firefox is charged with empowering Firefox community members to raise awareness of the popular Web browser. When he's not helping new QA and marketing contributors, he's working with email@example.com, the project management group at Mozilla, to define requirements and development roadmaps for the Mozilla projects.
Asa has been an active member of the Mozilla community since 1999. After volunteering for more than a year, Asa joined the Mozilla organization and has played a key role in delivering products including the release of Mozilla 1.0 and the release of the award-winning Mozilla Firefox Web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client now used by more than 60 million people combined worldwide.
With Brendan's leadership, Mozilla launched the award-winning Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client now used by more than 60 million people worldwide. Brendan continues to drive web technology innovation, including E4X (ECMAScript for XML).
He works at the Mozilla Foundation and is a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors.
In addition to his Mozilla work, Mike has been a member of the advisory board for Ximian Inc. (originally Helix Code, later acquired by Novell), built privacy and electronic-cash software at Zero-Knowledge Systems, and developed recovery and failover capabilities for the high-performance Lustre clustered filesystem.
Ben Goodger is a lead developer for Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. He does everything from scheduling milestones to tinkering directly with products and capabilities. Ben is passionate about details and making things easier for users.
Ben led the launch of the Firefox web browser, which has resulted in more than 53 million (as of May 2005) Firefox downloads since November 2004. Ben has been crucial to the creation of the Extension System and has made significant contributions to the Software Update System, Windows Shell integration, the Download user interface, the Options user interface and many other features.
Ben contributes to the Mozilla project as an employee of Google Inc.
Brian Ryner helped develop the Gecko layout engine for Mozilla's Firefox and contributed to XForms development.
Among Brian’s other ongoing contributions to Mozilla code: improved performance of page layout and rendering, application-level features such as the Linux installer, GNOME integration and password manager, and development of the fast-back feature.
Brian is employed by Google Inc. but continues his work on the Mozilla project.
A member of Mozilla Europe’s board of directors, Axel Hecht is coordinating the localization of Mozilla applications worldwide on behalf of the Mozilla Corporation. Axel started contributing to Mozilla in 1999, working on XSLT. He has been the module owner of RDF since 2004, steering the development of this backend component towards standards compliance, performance and applicability to web applications. His focus is in developing Mozilla as a platform for web applications as well as lightweight, cross-platform and localizable applications on the client. Axel also started the European annual developer meetings in 2000 and has been a central figure in the European developer community ever since. He participated in bringing localizations of Firefox into the primary source repository, integrating platform and application development communities with the localization communities around the world.
Axel received a degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Kiel. After a research position with the Department of Applied Mathematics at Humboldt University in Berlin, he is now working for the Mozilla Corporation.
Robert O'Callahan got involved in Mozilla in 1999 when he should have been working on his doctoral thesis. He worked as a volunteer for several years, fixing bugs and implementing features in the layout and rendering core of Gecko, which have helped to make Mozilla's Firefox web browser faster and fully functional. Smooth scrolling, justified text, and multi-column layout are some of his contributions. Currently he spends most of his time on Mozilla's new graphics infrastructure. Robert works for Mozilla full-time as an employee of Novell in New Zealand.