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As Chief Legal and Business Officer, Denelle Dixon-Thayer leads Mozilla’s global business development, public policy and legal teams. In this role Denelle manages Mozilla’s strategic partnerships, focuses on sustainability for the organization and creates and supports Mozilla’s public policy initiatives. Denelle joined Mozilla in 2012 as Associate General Counsel after working as an outside advisor to the Project for several years.
Denelle has been working in the tech sector on business, policy and legal issues for the last fifteen years. Prior to Mozilla, Denelle was Director of Legal and Investor Relations at Terra Firma, a private equity firm based in the UK, where she handled brand issues and complex risk assessment for the firm and its portfolio businesses. Before working at Terra Firma, Denelle managed the legal team at Yahoo! that advised on its most successful products, including mail, messenger, home page, finance, sports and news. She also counseled Yahoo! on human rights, antitrust and litigation issues.
Denelle has a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge David A. Ezra, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.