back in a new saddle

I started back at work at the beginning of last week, after more than 4 months of illness. It is very exciting for me. I was like a kid before Christmas the night before my first day back.

I am rarely described as inarticulate, but nonetheless I find it very difficult to describe how and why I’m so happy to be back at work. For more than a third of a year, not only was I learning to recover from and manage a complex condition, but I also had a big piece of me missing: my friends and co-workers and shared passion at Mozilla. Their support was more than I could have imagined, let alone hoped for. There might be something in my eye.

Damon Sicore had been ably managing Engineering in my absence, and has now succeeded me in a permanent capacity. I tremendously enjoyed my job running Engineering, but was also ready to move into a role with a different strategic-versus-operational mix. Given that Damon had been providing so much leadership across all of Engineering before my absence, and even more during it, he was a natural fit as my replacement. I know that he’s going to excel, and that Mozilla Engineering is very fortunate to have him at the helm.

I’ve moved into a new position as VP, Technical Strategy for Mozilla. I have been involved in Mozilla’s technical strategy for some time, perhaps obviously, and I’m pretty stoked about being able to devote my full energy to it.

I plan to write more about my goals in my new position, as well as more about my recovery and related experiences. For now, though, I just wanted to say that I’m back and I’m giddy about it.

7 comments to “back in a new saddle”

  1. entered 19 May 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    It’s awesome to have you back!

  2. Mike Beltzner
    entered 19 May 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I, for one, welcome our new strategy overlord…

  3. Asa Dotzler
    entered 19 May 2011 @ 7:32 pm


  4. schrep
    entered 19 May 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    So happy and excited for you – Mozilla as well!

  5. Gijs
    entered 19 May 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Awesome, welcome back!

  6. entered 19 May 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Welcome back!

  7. entered 20 May 2011 @ 4:49 am

    So good to see you back! In the mean time, we have grown the team significantly, I hope you’re able to deal with all those new faces that joined the organization as well as with the “old” ones! ;-)