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Former Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs takes AVG helm

AVG Technologies has revealed that former Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will take the helm as chief executive officer and managing director.

The mobile security and privacy firm announced Kovacs' appointment, adding that shareholders will meet at an undetermined date to approve him as CEO.

"We welcome Gary to AVG and look forward to benefiting from his seasoned leadership skills as CEO and a member of the Management Board," Dale Fuller, chairman of the AVG supervisory board, said in a statement. "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."

Kovacs in April announced his decision to step down as chief of Mozilla, but offered no details about his next move.

Before heading up the web giant, Kovacs served as senior VP of markets, solutions and products at Sybase, and GM and VP of mobile and devices at Adobe Systems. He also held a variety of senior marketing, product management, technical, and operating positions with other companies like Macromedia, Zi Corporation, and IBM.

Kovacs took over as Mozilla CEO in October 2010, and focused much of his attention on the transition to mobile.

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

"I have dedicated my last three years to that pursuit and with AVG building products that simplify and secure users' digital lives, it is a natural fit," he continued. "I am really excited to be here and I am looking forward to helping AVG continue to grow its business."

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