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Chris Beard

MBA 2003

Alumni 100
Former CEO, Mozilla and Technology Entrepreneur

Chris has worked in senior product and marketing roles in a range of companies, including HP, Cluster File Systems Inc. and most recently, Mozilla.

How does it feel to be selected for the Alumni 100 list?

"I'm incredibly honoured to have been selected and thankful to the University of Edinburgh Business School for providing me with a solid academic foundation and international perspective to build upon."

What made you choose to study at the University of Edinburgh Business School?

"I was attracted by the relatively small class size (compared to US business schools) and the diversity of the students (by gender, industry, and origin), and the overall orientation emphasis of the School on fostering a global perspective—as well as the rich history of both the School and the city of Edinburgh."

What are your memories of studying at the Business School?

"The amazing city, pubs, and life-long friendships that developed during the MBA. Not to mention the fantastic opportunity to take a 'time out' from professional life in a historic city and world-class school to reflect, study, and build a foundation for the next phase of my professional life."

What's the one thing you think current students need to develop or learn before entering the modern workplace?

"The world is more interconnected than ever, and being a successful leader in the modern age requires a global perspective and ability to empathetically lead across cultures and markets."

What key thing that you learnt at the Business School do you still rely on today?

"The global perspective that the Business School reinforced, and the life-long friendships developed during the MBA that have enriched my personal and professional life."

Proudest work-related achievement to date?

"Being part of the founding leadership team that launched the Mozilla Firefox web browser in 2004. Mozilla and Firefox are now trusted by over 300 million people globally who rely on Mozilla products, technology and public policy advocacy to ensure a safer, more private and richer digital life that's in their control. Mozilla has over 1,000 full-time employees and 10,000 volunteers around the world who work together to ship great open source products that people love and shape the future of the internet for the public good."

Being a successful leader in the modern age requires a global perspective.