Stellar Foundation Hires Former Mozilla COO as Its New CEO

Denelle Dixon, former chief operating officer (COO) at IT non-profit company Mozilla, has been appointed CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), another non-profit organization. The appointment was announced via a press release on March 14. Dixon is replacing Jed McCaleb, who is now in the position of chief architect, in which he will focus on network protocol growth and adoption strategies.

Dixon said this was her “first role in the crypto space officially. It’s awesome and exciting.” She added that her goal “will be to listen, learn, support and do. I want to help move Stellar to the place it seeks to be, and that’s how it starts. More to come once I start.” McCaleb stated in the press release that Dixon’s “long experience leading operations and business at Mozilla, as well as her work on the policy side, with advocacy around Open Internet and encryption and privacy, will be indispensable to SDF in the coming years.”

Mozilla is best known for the web browser Mozilla Firefox, and Dixon was a leading figure in the company’s fight for net neutrality and control over personal data. She urged Mozilla to launch the data-protecting browser extension, just a few hours after the publication of the Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal.

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