Chairman Named One of Network World's 25 Most Powerful Vendor Executives

Marc Benioff Honored Alongside Top Executives from AT&T, Cisco, Qwest for his Outstanding Execution on the Vision of Online Enterprise Applications and Web Services

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — January 16, 2002 —, the market leader in online customer relationship management (CRM), announced today that Network World magazine has named chairman and president Marc Benioff as one of its 25 Most Powerful Vendor Executives. Benioff was honored by Network World's editorial staff for his exceptional technology leadership and innovative approach to delivering enterprise software as powerful, cost-effective online applications. His significant philanthropic and community efforts were also recognized. The full article appears in Network World's "Power Issue" (December 24/ December 31 issue), available online at

Benioff was selected as a member of an elite group of 25 executives in the most promising emerging technology markets, as well as those leading the way with critical cutting-edge innovations. Other honorees included the president of AT&T, as well as c-level executives at BEA Systems, Cisco, Computer Associates, Siemens, Qwest Communications and Verizon Communications.

"Network World took a new approach to its annual most powerful vendor executives list this year, and focused on those players leading niche markets poised to explode," said Beth Schultz, editor of Network World's Signature Series. "At, Marc Benioff is breaking new ground in the delivery of enterprise software over the Internet as a scalable, cost-effective online service. We are pleased to acknowledge his key role in shaping the networked world."

A veteran of 20 years in the software industry, Benioff has pioneered the concept of "The End Of Software," demonstrating how Web services would replace large-scale corporate applications through the use of the Internet. There are currently over 3,600 customers who use's breakthrough Web service to manage their customer relationships online, with no software or hardware costs. In September 2001, Morgan Stanley named the fastest growing CRM company. "I am very honored to be recognized by Network World," said Benioff. "The end of software is coming faster than we realize, and's continued success is demonstration that a paradigm shift in enterprise software is upon us all. We look forward to providing our customers with state of the art CRM delivered as an online service."

Prior to founding, Benioff spent 13 years with Oracle Corporation, culminating in a position as Senior Vice President reporting to company chairman Lawrence J. Ellison. In 1995, he was awarded "True Friend of The User Community" from the International Oracle Group, the highest award an Oracle executive has ever received from its users. In July 2000, with Colin L. Powell in attendance, Benioff founded, a multi-million dollar philanthropic initiative focused on bridging the digital divide in communities served by

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