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Mark Benioff

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Salesforce.com

Mr. Marc R. Benioff Co-founded Salesforce.com, Inc. in February 1999 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since November 2001. Mr. Benioff serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for salesforce.com Singapore Pte. Ltd. He is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he served at Oracle Corporation from 1986 to 1999. He serves as a General Advisor of Keas Inc. He served as a Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation, where he held a number of positions in sales, marketing and product development. He was employed at Nextera Enterprises Inc.

 

He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years. He serves as a Member of Executive Council at TechNet. Mr. Benioff served as a Director of Cisco Systems, Inc. since August 1, 2012. He served as a Director at GrandCentral Communications, Inc. He has evangelized a new model of integrated corporate philanthropy. He has been the Chairman of the Board of salesforce.com, Inc. since February 1999. He has been the Chairman at salesforce.com/foundation since February 1999. He has been a Director of salesforce.com, Inc. since February 1999. He has been a Director of DW Data, Inc. since August 1999. He serves as a Director of Notifi.com, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and Yield Dynamics. He served as a Director of Cloudwords, Inc. until February 21, 2017. Mr. Benioff served as a Member of Advisory Board at MetaMind Inc. He served as a Member of Board of Advisors of TIBCO Loyalty Lab. He serves as a Trustee of University of Southern California. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce Foundation and established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby Salesforce contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves globally. He served as Co-Chairman of President of the United States' Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Benioff was named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s and received The Economist’s Innovation Award. He is the author of three books, including the national best-seller, Behind the Cloud. Mr. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California.