Canonical: Mark Shuttleworth decides to step down from CEO

Mark Shuttleworth has decided to step down from the position of CEO of Canonical sometime in near future. The post came out on 17th December at his personal blog, which says:

Jane Silber, who has been COO at Canonical virtually from the beginning, will take on the job of CEO.

The post can be seen at this page. In the same blog post, he also said:

As a former VP at General Dynamics, Jane has more experience of large customers and large organisational leadership, which I see as essential for Canonical over the next five years. We are being welcomed as a partner and supplier to ever-larger businesses, and I want to make sure we are a robust answer to their needs.

Though, this does not mean Mark Shuttleworth will be leaving the company. He will simply take over a job at Canonical which interests him more. Shuttleworth has always been interested in design and partnerships. A lot of positive response on this can also be seen in the post comments.

Mark, who has been the man behind Ubuntu and Canonical, will be formally stepping down sometime in March next year. The job of the CEO was restraining Shuttleworth from engaging in these. But now that he has decided to take some time off formal responsibilities, we hope to see an even better Ubuntu and Canonical products.

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