Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 National Winner
SAN FRANCISCO - December 3, 2007
Benioff honored for leading salesforce.com's innovation and success and his commitment to
redefining corporate philanthropy
- Salesforce.com [NYSE:
CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that Marc
Benioff, chairman and CEO of the company, has been named a 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of
the Year for his leadership and innovation in Technology. Benioff was selected from
approximately 400 regional award recipients by a panel of independent judges for his role in
transforming the way companies purchase, deploy and use business applications, and for
salesforce.com's ongoing commitment to assisting nonprofit organizations through the Salesforce.com
"During the last eight years we have worked tirelessly to bring the power of on-demand
business services to our customers, and to use our successes to give back to our community," said
Benioff. "I'm honored to be chosen as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and to be
recognized for the work that is our daily passion at salesforce.com."
Along with the award bestowed to Benioff, Ernst & Young remarked, "the word 'pioneer'
hardly begins to describe Marc Benioff. He leveraged the online architecture popularized by
consumer Internet companies to deliver an entirely new way to deliver the software applications
that companies use to manage their businesses." Ernst & Young also recognized Benioff's
role in developing an innovative philanthropy model by committing 1% of Salesforce.com's equity, 1%
percent of employee work time, and 1% of its product to nonprofit organizations around the world
through the Salesforce.com Foundation.
The Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the latest in a series of
accolades given to Marc Benioff for his outstanding vision and accomplishments. Other recent
honors include eWeek's 2007 Top 100 Most Influential People in IT; Silicon.com's Top 50 Agenda
Setters for 2007; and being named a CRM Magazine 2007 Influential Leader.
Now in its 21st year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognize leaders
and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they
create and build world-class businesses. For more information on the Ernst & Young 2007
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, visit
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