Salesforce.com Chairman & CEO, Marc Benioff, to Deliver Commencement Addresses at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and the University of California's Haas School of Business
AN FRANCISCO - May 11, 2007
Entrepreneur to share his vision for doing well in business while
doing good in the community
- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM],
the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that Marc Benioff,
chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, will deliver commencement addresses to MBA graduates at the
University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business on May 11, 2007, and the University
of California's Haas School of Business on May 20, 2007. Mr. Benioff will share his
perspective on how business and entrepreneurship can be a key piece of improving the state of the
world, and his company's 1/1/1/1 model for integrating business and philanthropy.
"These graduates can be a force of change by using their education, talents, and passion to
make an impact on how businesses can give back to the community and improve the lives of people
around the world. Tomorrow's business leaders will look much different than the leaders of
today - they will be driven not just by profit but also by purpose," said Marc Benioff, Chairman
and CEO of salesforce.com. "I am honored to be delivering these commencement addresses to the
next generation of entrepreneurs."
"A visionary leader who has made innovation a hallmark of his career, Mr. Benioff personifies
the Haas School's emphasis on Leading Through Innovation," said Dean Tom Campbell of the University
of California's Haas School of Business. "He and his firm also embrace giving back to the
community, which is one of the core values of the school."
"When Marc was a student at Marshall, his former professors tell me, he was always eager to
learn, eager to participate, eager to make things happen," said Dean James G. Ellis of the USC
Marshall School of Business. "He learned that the way to build a business is to find the pain
someone is having, and then to fix it. That's what he did in transforming salesforce.com, and
software in general, from a product to a service. Now he's dedicated to using his success to
do good things in the world. That's a great example for our kids and a crucial part of what
we try to teach them."
Mr. Benioff founded salesforce.com in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information
management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. He has been
widely recognized for pioneering innovation and fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship with
honors such as the SDForum Visionary Award, the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the University
of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, the DEMO World-Class Innovator Award and
was ranked No. 7 on the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT survey by eWEEK and No. 11 in the 50
People Who Matter Now by Business 2.0.
In 2000, Mr. Benioff launched the Salesforce.com Foundation-now a multimillion-dollar global
organization-establishing the "one-percent model," whereby the company contributes one percent of
profits, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it
serves. In addition, Mr. Benioff has authored two books on the subject, The Business of Changing
the World, in which 20 great leaders reveal how businesses can go beyond writing a check and
leverage the full scope of their resources to make a difference, and Compassionate Capitalism, the
first-ever best-practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the
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