Marc Benioff Among 100 Business, Political and Intellectual Leaders Selected for Class of 2002
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — January 28, 2002 — World Economic Forum Founder and President Klaus Schwab announced that salesforce.com Chairman Marc Benioff has been selected as one of its 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT). Benioff was nominated by the members of the World Economic Forum in recognition of his business successes and corresponding leadership, and his achievements in philanthropy and community service. The class of 2002 will convene Saturday, February 2, 2002 for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in New York City.
Dating back to 1993, the GLT community represents a dynamic and influential group of nearly 600 individuals from 100 countries who combine professional success with a strong commitment to public affairs. They must also have demonstrated leadership in serving the global public's interest of economic growth and social progress.
"I am very honored to be named as one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow," said Benioff. "At salesforce.com, we don't only believe in software as service, we also believe in 'business as service'. Through the salesforce.com/foundation, we are pioneering a new extended model of corporate philanthropy and I look forward to working with GLT peers to implement this type of thinking on a global scale. We have created a corporate culture that integrates community service into its deepest core; for example, our sales staff has donated hundreds of volunteer hours to community service projects at the technology centers we have set up, and during the September 11th tragedy, salesforce.com/foundation implemented a program that matched our customer's contributions to a fund to assist the victims."
Benioff is currently chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, the fastest-growing CRM company as named by Morgan Stanley. He was formerly senior vice president at Oracle Corporation reporting to company Chairman Lawrence J. Ellison. In July 2000, with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell publicly endorsing the initiative, Benioff founded the salesforce.com/foundation, a multi-million dollar philanthropic initiative focused on helping under-served youths succeed in the digital age. AOL Time Warner recently honored the organization for its successes in philanthropy and community service programs, including:
* Over 1400 volunteer hours in community service donated by salesforce.com's 100+ employees in the past 18 months, largely to the 14 San Francisco technology learning centers that the salesforce.com/foundation has set up. These centers reach approximately 7,000 diverse youth in the Bay Area of Northern California.
* Technology and training provided for Tibetan refugee youth and their teachers at 8 different locations in northern India, as well as for Arab, Israeli, and Palestinian youth at 10 schools in Israel.
* Resources and expertise donated to "wire" 35 Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal.
* Over $38,000 raised since September 11, 2001 to aid victims of the national tragedies. Each dollar raised through the Foundation, up to $100,000, was matched and sent on to the American Red Cross Family Gift Program and the Camp for Comfort Children's Bereavement Camps.
* Sponsorship and staffing of the first-of-its-kind forum for youth expression, "Speak on It," held December 11, 2001 in San Francisco. More than 200 local youth gathered to share their reactions to the events of September 11th.
In addition to this most recent recognition, Benioff has received a number of awards, including the "Promise for Peace" award in 1999 from Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, for his work in using information technology to foster the peace process. The project, to place computers in the West Bank of Israel, was supported by the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority. Later that year, Benioff received the "Bridge Award" from the organization HEAVEN, Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer, and Empower via the Net, for his work connecting children in inner cities and rural communities in the United States to the Internet. He has been named one of the Top 25 Technology Vendor Executives by Network World magazine, and led salesforce.com to honors such as Fortune Magazine's "Cool Company for 2001".