Executive team

Marc Benioff
Chairman & CEO

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as one of the pioneers of cloud computing and has been instrumental in driving businesses to transform into customer companies by embracing social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with customers, partners, employees and even products in new ways.

Under Benioff's direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, salesforce.com has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Fastest Growing Companies, the World’s Most Admired Computer Software Company and one of the Best Places to Work. In addition, the company was selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company for three years in a row.

Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and for pioneering innovation. In 2012 he was named a Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, one of the Best CEOs in America by Forbes, and he also received an Innovation Award from The Economist. In 2010 he was awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement and was named by Fortune one of the Top 50 People in Business as well as one of the Smartest People in Tech.

Throughout his career, Benioff has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—which established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award.

Benioff serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California and is on the board of directors at Cisco. Benioff is also the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud.

Prior to launching salesforce.com, Benioff, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.

Some of the top awards Marc Benioff has received include:

  • Fortune Businessperson of the Year, 2012, (No. 35)
  • The Economist, Innovation Award, 2012, (Process and Service)
  • Forbes, America’s Best CEOs, 2012 (No. 2)
  • Barron’s, World’s Most Respected CEOs, 2012
  • Forbes CEO of the World’s Most Innovative Company, 2011, 2012
  • David Packard Medal of Achievement, 52nd Award Recipient, 2010
  • Fortune Top 50 People in Business, 2010 (No. 18)
  • Fortune The Smartest People in Tech, 2010
  • Barron’s Top 25 Most Effective Philanthropists, 2010 (No. 19)
  • San Francisco Business Times Executive of the Year, 2009
  • v3.co.uk Top Ten Technology Visionaries, 2009
  • InternetNews.com CEO Vision Awards, 2009
  • VNU Top Ten Greatest IT Chief Executives, 2008
  • CRO Magazine CEO of the Year, 2008
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007
  • eWEEK Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, 2007 (No. 7)
  • Business 2.0 50 People Who Matter Now, 2006 (No. 11)
  • Network World Top 50 Most Powerful People, 2006
  • NEA Outstanding Entrepreneur, 2006
  • DEMO World-Class Innovator Award, 2005
  • World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow, 2005
  • SDForum Visionary Award, 2004
  • USC Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Northern California, 2003
  • Businessweek ebiz 25
  • Fortune Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch, 2003
  • International Oracle Users Group True Friend of the User Community, 1995

Parker Harris
Co-Founder

Parker Harris

Parker Harris oversees product strategy for salesforce.com, from design to development to service delivery.

Parker founded salesforce.com along with Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez in the spring of 1999. Prior to founding salesforce.com, Parker developed cloud computing expertise at Left Coast Software, a company he co-founded in 1996, and sales force automation expertise at Metropolis Software, an early pioneer in field sales force automation subsequently acquired by Clarify.

Parker developed a love of math, science and computer programming at an early age, but also developed the other side of his brain with a fluency in French and a degree in English Literature from Middlebury College.

Keith Block
President and Vice Chairman

Keith Block

As President and Vice Chairman of salesforce.com, Block leads the company’s entire customer facing operations, including global sales, customer support and consulting services organizations.

Block has led winning sales, consulting and engineering teams for nearly 30 years. In his most recent role as Oracle’s Executive Vice President of North America Sales & Consulting, Block led an 11,000-person team and built a multi-billion dollar sales business unit that achieved record revenue growth and margin expansion over the span of 10 years.

During his 26 years at Oracle, Block led the transformation to a specialized sales model to support industry, solution and market segmentation. In addition, Block served as an Executive Officer at Oracle and a member of Oracle’s Executive Committee. He began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant to Air Force executives.

Block currently serves on salesforce.com’s Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees at the Concord Museum, the Advisory Board at Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz Graduate School, and the President’s Advisory Council for Carnegie-Mellon University.

Block holds an M.S. in Management & Policy Analysis and a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is also a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon Heinz Graduate School.

Jim Cavalieri
Senior Vice President

Jim Cavalieri

Jim Cavalieri is a senior vice president at salesforce.com. He is responsible for managing executive priorities, alignment and strategy.

Cavalieri joined salesforce.com in 1999 and has served in a variety of leadership roles for the company. Cavalieri was responsible for architecting, building and operating the original salesforce.com cloud computing infrastructure and data centers, building the company's IT organization, creating salesforce.com’s Security, Technology Compliance and Risk Management programs and establishing the company's Trust organization.

Prior to salesforce.com, Cavalieri held various technical and management roles at Oracle and also worked as a consultant and systems engineer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Cavalieri currently serves as a Trustee for Head-Royce School and is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Violin Memory.

Cavalieri holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Alex Dayon
President, Applications and Platform

Alex Dayon

Alex Dayon is president of salesforce.com’s applications and platform products. Dayon, who holds several patents, is focused around creating business value out of technology disruption.

Dayon joined salesforce.com in 2008 through the acquisition ofInStranet, a leading knowledge-base company where he was a founder and served as its CEO. Prior to InStranet, Dayon was a founding member of Business Objects SA where he led the product group for more than 10 years.

Dayon holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (SUPELEC) in France.

Scott Dorsey
CEO, Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud

Scott Dorsey

Scott Dorsey is CEO of ExactTarget and the Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. Scott co-founded ExactTarget in 2000, and has led the company from startup to one of the largest cloud IPOs in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. Since ExactTarget’s founding, the company and its technology have grown to power the digital marketing campaigns of many of the world’s leading brands across email, mobile, social media, and the Web. Following salesforce.com’s acquisition of ExactTarget in July 2013, Scott was named the CEO of the Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, which now includes Radian6, Buddy Media, social.com, and ExactTarget’s suite of digital marketing products.

Scott serves as the Chairman of the Indiana Sports Corporation, and sits on the board of directors for TechPoint and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics at Indiana University. In 2012, Scott served as Chair for the Marketing and Communications Division for the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.

Scott earned his undergraduate marketing degree from Indiana University and MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Monika Fahlbusch
Senior Vice President, Global Employee Success

Monika Fahlbusch

Monika Fahlbusch is head of Global Employee Success at salesforce.com – the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For five years in a row. In this role, Monika drives efforts to amplify the team sport culture and deliver the #dreamjob employee experience that help fuel the company’s incredible growth. She is also leading the transformation of work at the company and consults with customers on how they can use social business practices and technologies like Salesforce Chatter and Work.com to build trust and transparency and unleash the full potential of all employees. Monika has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources, including roles leading teams at Old Navy and Peoplesoft. She holds a B.S. in business administration and economics from St. Mary’s College of California.

Anthony Fernicola
President, Global Enterprise Sales

Anthony Fernicola

Anthony Fernicola is salesforce.com’s president of Global Enterprise Sales and is responsible for bringing the power of Salesforce to the world’s largest organizations.

Fernicola has a 35-year track record building high-performance teams that deliver customer success. Prior to joining salesforce.com, Fernicola served as Senior Vice President at Oracle, where he grew the North America Technology Organization (NATO) into one of the company’s largest revenue-generating business groups.

During his 17-year career at Oracle, Fernicola was widely recognized for leading key transformational initiatives for the company’s technology license business, engineered systems business and financial services business. In addition to leading Oracle’s NATO group, he served in various other leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Financial Services Licensing and Consulting Services Business and Group Vice President for Oracle’s Financial Services Business Unit in North America.

Fernicola began his career at Unisys, where he spent 16 years in various leadership roles in sales and product management serving the financial services industry.

Fernicola holds a M.B.A. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Marketing and Economics from Manhattan College.

Steve Fisher
Executive Vice President, Technology

Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher is executive vice president of technology at salesforce.com. In this role, Fisher is responsible for all of salesforce.com’s technology, including software development, quality and service delivery.

With more than 20 years in the technology industry, Fisher has held positions with Apple and AT&T Labs, where he served on the team responsible for architecting AT&T's VoIP and utility computing strategies. Fisher also founded NotifyMe Networks, an interactive voice-alerting platform application service provider and served as the company's first CEO. He has been named an inventor on 18 patents and taught computer science at Stanford University.

Fisher graduated with a BS degree in Mathematical and Computational Science and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

David Havlek
Senior Vice President, Finance

David Havlek

David Havlek is Senior Vice President of Finance at salesforce.com and is responsible for global financial planning, business analytics and investor relations.

Havlek has more than 25 years of experience in technology. He joined salesforce.com in 2005 as Vice President of Investor Relations and is widely recognized by the investment community as an expert in subscription-based business models.

Prior to salesforce.com, Havlek spent more than 16 years at Hewlett Packard (HP), serving in a variety of roles including FP&A, pricing, business development, and investor relations. He helped lead HP through one of the biggest and most contentious proxy fights ever, culminating in HP’s eventual acquisition of Compaq Computer in 2002.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA from Purdue University.

George Hu
Chief Operating Officer

George Hu

George Hu owns all major shared operational functions at salesforce.com, including information technology, employee success, facilities, and security, as well as the platform division, global marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development.

Hu joined salesforce.com in 2002 and has served in a variety of management roles including vice president of product marketing, senior vice president of applications, executive vice president of products, and chief marketing officer.

Prior to joining salesforce.com, Hu held product management and strategic consulting roles at North Point Communications and Boston Consulting Group. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and a master's degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Hu was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Vivek Kundra
EVP, Industries

Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra is executive vice president, industries at salesforce.com, where he leads the company’s efforts to create and launch innovative, scalable solutions that combine social, mobile and cloud technologies to address challenges facing key global industries.

Previously, Kundra was appointed as the first United States Chief Information Officer by President Obama and is credited with saving billions in taxpayer dollars, adopting game-changing technologies, strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the nation and launching an open government movement which has been replicated around the world. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kundra served as the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia and as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kundra also served as a fellow at Harvard University at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.

The World Economic Forum selected Kundra as a 2011 Young Global Leader, representing a group of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Kundra was named 2011 Government Executive of the year by TechAmerica; the 2009 Chief of the Year by InformationWeek; and 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations.

Maria Martinez
President, Sales and Customer Success

Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez heads the teams that are actively engaged with salesforce.com’s customers, focused on the company’s critically important value of customer success. Martinez’s teams are responsible for on-boarding, product usage, best practices, training, customer support, professional services, partner certification, and developing long-term relationships with salesforce.com customers.

Martinez has more than 30 years of experience in business and technology leadership roles. Prior to joining salesforce.com, Martinez managed Microsoft’s global services business, including professional services and customer support for all products. In her six-year tenure, Martinez led the business to outperform revenue targets and to significantly increase Microsoft’s customer satisfaction rating.

Prior to Microsoft, Martinez was president and CEO of Embrace Networks. She has also held senior leadership roles at Motorola and AT&T.

Martinez has a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.

Brian Millham
President, Global Commercial Sales

Brian Millham

Brian Millham is President of Global Commercial Sales for salesforce.com. He is responsible for driving growth and customer success for the SMB and Commercial organization.

Millham has been at salesforce.com since its inception in 1999, and has served in various leadership roles from Business Development to Sales. He is widely credited for growing the sales organization into one of the most respected teams in the industry today.

Millham began his career at Oracle Corporation where he spent seven years in leadership roles across a variety of divisions, including Finance, Operations, Alliances and Sales. After Oracle, he worked at Remedy Corporation where he was responsible for running the Alliance team. Millham received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991.

Burke Norton
Chief Legal Officer

Burke Norton

Burke Norton leads the legal, internal audit, compliance, and government affairs teams at salesforce.com and is a member of the company’s executive committee reporting to Chairman & CEO Marc Benioff.

Prior to joining salesforce.com, Norton was executive vice president and general counsel and a member of the office of the chairman at Expedia, where he was responsible for all legal and corporate affairs, government relations, corporate transactions, compliance, litigation, and intellectual property matters.

Previously Norton was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, where he practiced corporate and securities law, representing clients in the enterprise software, telecommunications, semiconductor, life sciences, entertainment, and ecommerce industries, with an emphasis on complex corporate transactions, including public and private equity and debt financings and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, as well as corporate governance, regulatory, and intellectual property matters.

Norton graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Patrick Pélata
Chief Automotive Officer and Executive Vice President

Patrick Pélata

Patrick Pélata is the chief automotive officer and an executive vice president of salesforce.com. In this role, he is responsible for leading salesforce.com's strategy and activities for supporting automotive eco-system transformation with cloud computing technologies.

Patrick joined salesforce.com in September 2012 with 28 years of leadership experience driving product and management innovation in the global automotive industry, both at Nissan in Japan, and at Renault in France. When the Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed in 1999, he was one of the three executives sent by Renault to help revive Nissan. He served as chief operating officer of Renault and most recently led a Renault-Nissan 'connected cars' initiative.

Patrick graduated as an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and earned a PhD in socio-economics from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Graham Smith
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Graham Smith

Graham Smith brings over 20 years of finance experience in the software industry to salesforce.com. As CFO, Smith is a member of the company’s executive committee reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.

Before joining salesforce.com in December 2007, Smith served as CFO of Advent Software, one of the leading providers of software and services to the investment management industry. Prior to Advent, Smith was CFO of Vitria Technology, an enterprise application integration software company. Prior to Vitria, Smith served as CFO for Nuance Communications, a voice-recognition software company, where he led the company through both private and public financings. Earlier in his career, Smith spent 11 years at Oracle in a variety of senior finance roles, lastly as vice president of finance for worldwide operations.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from Bristol University in England and qualified as a chartered accountant in England and Wales.

Jim Steele
Chief Customer Officer

Jim Steele

Jim Steele serves as salesforce.com’s chief customer officer. He is charged with advancing the company's social, mobile and open cloud computing strategy, accelerating customer success, and growing the adoption of the Social Enterprise. Steele brings more than 25 years of technology sales and executive management experience to his role at salesforce.com.

Steele joined salesforce.com in 2002 from Ariba, where he served as executive vice president of worldwide sales. Previously, he served in a variety of executive roles at IBM. Most recently, Steele was vice president of the North America western area, where he was responsible for more than $9 billion in hardware, software, and services sales of a 10,000 employee organization. His prior positions at IBM include nearly four years in Tokyo as vice president of systems sales as well as general manager of telecommunications in Asia Pacific where he led IBM to record revenue and market share growth.

Steele holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University.

Polly Sumner
Chief Adoption Officer

Polly Sumner

As chief adoption officer, Polly Sumner is responsible for customer success and ensuring that each and every customer gets maximum value from our products and services.

Polly’s move to salesforce.com in 2008 followed a 20-year career in executive management in the technology industry.

Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. We are the leader in enterprise social collaboration, customer relationship management apps and development in the cloud. More than 92,300 customers now manage their success with our social, mobile and open cloud technologies.

Before joining Salesforce, Polly was a consultant to Warburg Pincus focusing on the telecommunications, financial services and technology industries. Polly was president of global services at Telcordia. She also served as president and CEO of Alphablox an early pioneer in web based analytics for global enterprises. IBM purchased Alphablox in 2004.

Polly Sumner also held several different positions at Oracle from 1987 to 1999, including vice president and senior vice president roles in sales and alliances. Earlier in her 30-year technology career, Polly worked at McDonnell Douglas and IBM.

Polly Sumner holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management. She is a frequent contributor to entrepreneurial programs at Stanford, Sloan and Fuqua Graduate School at Duke University. She also keynotes regularly and last year spoke at the Nasscom Product Conclave in Bangalore, the SIAA Presentation in London and the CIO Roundtable in Rotterdam to name a few.

She is passionate about integrating philanthropy into our business culture and preserving small family ranches in Northern California.

Frank van Veenendaal
Executive Vice Chairman

Frank van Veenendaal

As Executive Vice Chairman of salesforce.com, van Veenendaal plays a key role in acquisition integration, success of strategic customers, and expansion into emerging markets.

Van Veenendaal has more than 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience. He joined salesforce.com in August 2001, and has served in a variety of executive management roles including Vice Chairman of global corporate sales, Executive Vice President of corporate sales and services and Senior Vice President of sales and services. He has been instrumental to salesforce.com’s success, leading salesforce.com through its first $100 million year, its first $1 billion year and consistently delivered record-breaking growth to help salesforce.com surpass $3 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2013.

Previously, van Veenendaal served as Senior Vice President of Actuate, an enterprise reporting and performance management software company. Prior to joining Actuate, he spent six years with Interleaf, where he served in various roles including that of Regional Director of sales. In the early stages of his career, van Veenendaal held various sales and sales management positions for high-tech companies such as Integrated Solutions, Pyramid, and Harris Corporation.

Van Veenendaal holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lynn Vojvodich
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Lynn Vojvodich

Lynn Vojvodich, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at salesforce.com, has developed and led growth and innovation strategies for more than 20 years, primarily in the enterprise software industry. As CMO, Vojvodich leads the global marketing organization and is responsible for driving market leadership, global awareness, demand generation, strategic events and communications for salesforce.com.

Previously, Vojvodich was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she worked with portfolio companies on their go-to-market strategy and with Forbes Global 2000 CIOs and CMOs on their innovation agenda. In prior years, she served as CMO at Terracotta, a leader in Big Data Management, where she oversaw global marketing programs. Vojvodich is the Founder of Take3, a marketing strategy firm that specializes in B2B Marketing for clients such as IBM, Microsoft and Verisign, as well as early stage start-ups. She also led Enterprise Marketing, Strategy and Planning at Microsoft, held several leadership roles at BEA Systems including Global Strategic Alliances, Strategic Marketing and Product Marketing, and was a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Vojvodich began her career as a mechanical engineer and managed the interior completion of the first GV, the Gulfstream Aerospace business jet. She also designed offshore oil structures in the Gulf of Mexico and led “turn-key” construction projects. She holds a B.S. in Product Design and Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amy Weaver
General Counsel

Amy Weaver

Amy Weaver leads the global legal team at salesforce.com and advises the company’s board of directors and management on legal issues. She is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to joining salesforce.com, Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible globally for all legal and corporate affairs, governance, corporate transactions, compliance, litigation and employment law matters. Previously Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and as a clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Weaver has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.