Marc Benioff honored for innovation in software-as-service as Ernst & Young bestows top honors to Silicon Valley leaders, including Benioff, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Siebel Systems' Tom Seibel
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - June 24, 2003 - Salesforce.com®, the world leader in software-as-service, today announced that salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff has received a Northern California's 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award for his leadership and innovation in Business Services. Benioff was selected by a panel of independent judges on the basis of his excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to businesses and communities.
Additional award recipients included Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Inc, (Internet Services); William Brown of Central Garden and Pet Company (retail and consumer products); Levy Gerzberger of Zoran Corporation (Semiconductors); Amnon Landon of Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ) (Information Technology); Dick Levy of Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Life Sciences); Hong Lu of UTStarcom, Inc. (Network Communications); Sergio Magistri of InVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVN) (Defense & Security); John Martin of Gilead Sciences Inc. (Social Responsibility); Ron Mittelstadt of Waste Connections, Inc. (Consumer Services), Steven Murphy of Fujitsu Softek (Emerging Network Communications), as well as David Schwartz of Bio-Rad Laboratories and Thomas Siebel of Siebel Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEBL).
"Salesforce.com is 100% committed to changing the way that companies do business by replacing high-cost, high-risk enterprise software with on-demand services," said Benioff. "With profitable operations and over 93,000 users worldwide, it is clear that the software-as-service model pioneered by salesforce.com is transforming the technology landscape, and I am honored to be recognized by Ernst & Young for my role in this shift."
Benioff founded salesforce.com in March 1999 with the idea to create an information utility that would make traditional enterprise software technology and business models obsolete. A veteran of 25 years in the software industry, he is now regarded as a pioneer of "The End Of Software," demonstrating how on-demand applications can replace traditional software to deliver immediate benefit at reduced risk. In May 2003, Benioff was appointed by President George W. Bush as co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), a bi-partisan organization of business leaders and academics charged to advise the President on how to maintain the United States' preeminent position in information technology.
In 2002, Benioff was chosen as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the members of the World Economic Forum and awarded a Computerworld Honors Laureate for his visionary use of information technology to produce positive social change. In addition, for his work in catalyzing technology change, Benioff was named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by SunBridge, the leading incubator in Japan, honored by CRM Magazine as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry, and recognized by Network World magazine as one of its elite 25 Most Powerful Vendor Executives. Prior to founding salesforce.com, Benioff spent 13 years with Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL), holding a number of executive positions in sales, marketing, and product development. Most recently, he was a senior vice president reporting to company chairman Lawrence J. Ellison, a founding investor in salesforce.com.
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