Condoleezza Rice will remain on Dropbox’s board of directors, according to a blogpost from founder and CEO Drew Houston. Rice’s recent appointment to the board drew some controversy among political opponents of the former secretary of state, who urged the file-sharing company to reverse its decision.
The backlash to Rice’s addition came just days after Mozilla pushed out its newly hired CEO Brandon Eich for his support of traditional marriage in 2008, prompting some to think Dropbox would follow suit and let Rice go to avoid political fallout.
But Houston writes that Dropbox is “honored to have Dr. Rice join our board” as it continues to ensure customers’ privacy.
The full statement below:
There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values.
We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our Board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue.
We’re honored to have Dr. Rice join our board — she brings an incredible amount of experience and insight into international markets and the dynamics that define them. As we continue to expand into new countries, we need that type of insight to help us reach new users and defend their rights. Dr. Rice understands our stance on these issues and fully supports our commitments to our users.