Enlarge / Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth during an interview in 2011. (credit: Getty Images | Gallo Images)
Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth will once again be the CEO of Canonical as the company reduces its staff and narrows its focus to profitable projects.
Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced her departure yesterday, seven years after then-CEO Shuttleworth asked her to take over the company’s top spot.
She previously served as Canonical’s chief operating officer.
“I originally agreed to be CEO for five years and we’ve extended my tenure as CEO by a couple of years already,” Silber wrote. “We’ve been preparing for a transition for some time by strengthening the executive leadership team and maturing every aspect of the company, and earlier this year Mark and I decided that now is the time to effect this transition. Over the next three months I will remain CEO but begin to formally transfer knowledge and responsibility to others in the executive team.
In July, Mark will retake the CEO role and I will move to the Canonical Board of Directors.”
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