Marc Benioff joins peers from Borland, Google, Hitachi, TiVo and WebEx in representing outstanding businesses throughout Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - June 13, 2003 - Salesforce.com®, the world leader in software-as-service, today announced that chairman and CEO Marc Benioff has been selected as a finalist for the Ernst and Young 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year Program. The program honors the most talented individuals in a variety of outstanding businesses throughout Northern California. This year's finalists, selected by an expert independent panel following extensive review of business and personal achievements, also include executives from Borland Software Corporation (NASDAQ: BORL), Google, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a division of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), InVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVN), Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ), TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) and WebEx Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEBX).
"Salesforce.com maintains an unrelenting focus on the success of each of our 6,700 customers and each of our 90,000 users," said Benioff. " As a disruptive technology, we aim to change the way that companies conduct business, replacing software with success. I am honored that Ernst and Young has chosen to acknowledge salesforce.com's impact in transforming the technology landscape."
Benioff founded salesforce.com in March 1999 with the idea to create an information utility that would make traditional enterprise software technology and business models obsolete. A veteran of 25 years in the software industry, he is now regarded as a pioneer of "The End Of Software," demonstrating how on-demand applications can replace traditional software to deliver immediate benefit at reduced risk. In May 2003, Benioff was appointed by President George W. Bush as co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), a bi-partisan organization of business leaders and academics charged to advise the President on how to maintain the United States' preeminent position in information technology.
In 2002, Benioff was chosen as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the members of the World Economic Forum and awarded a Computerworld Honors Laureate for his visionary use of information technology to produce positive social change. In addition, for his work in catalyzing technology change, Benioff was named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by SunBridge, the leading incubator in Japan, honored by CRM Magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry, and recognized by Network World magazine as one of its elite 25 Most Powerful Vendor Executives. Prior to founding salesforce.com, Benioff spent 13 years with Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), holding a number of executive positions in sales, marketing, and product development. Most recently, he was a senior vice president reporting to company chairman Lawrence J. Ellison, a founding investor in salesforce.com.
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