Sun Microsystems nominates Marc Benioff and salesforce.com for inclusion in Computerworld Honors Program and consideration for Program's 21st Century Achievement Award
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — April 9, 2002 — Salesforce.com, a market leader in online customer relationship management (CRM), today announced that Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff has been selected as a 2002 Computerworld Honors Laureate for his efforts promoting the notion of "business as service". Copies of the Computerworld Honors case study on Marc Benioff and salesforce.com will be distributed to more than 150 museums, libraries and research institutions worldwide. Sun Microsystems, Inc. nominated salesforce.com for this honor.
"I am extremely honored to be acknowledged both by Sun Microsystems and the Computerworld Honors Program for my efforts in coupling technologic and philanthropic innovation," stated Benioff. "At salesforce.com we have taken a leadership position in integrating philanthropy into business -- 1% of employee working hours spent volunteering in the community; 1% of equity donated to the Foundation for its programs ; 1% of profits donated to the community annually — and we hope that others will follow our example to blend business and service."
"Marc is setting an important precedent for technology companies by giving back to the communities," said Masood Jabbar, Executive Vice President, Global Sales Operations at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Since its inception, Sun Microsystems has had a culture based on sharing, Sun's "open" philosophy pervades everything it does from its relationships with employees, the community, customers and partners to its technology and products."
Established in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is designed to help the world's leading universities, libraries and research institutions document the global information technology revolution, and record the impact of the achievements of the key players on society. The program singles out those organizations whose use of information technology has been especially noteworthy for the originality of its conception, the breadth of its vision, and the significance of its benefit to society. Each year the Computerworld Honors Program, dedicated to identifying and documenting the philanthropic and business achievements of the top 100 Chairmen or Chief Executive Officers, archives case studies on the Laureates' success.
Benioff founded salesforce.com in the spring of 1999 with a vision of catalyzing "The End Of Software," and has led salesforce.com to its current position as the fastest-growing CRM company according to Morgan Stanley. the fastest-growing CRM company according to 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. He was recently honored as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, class of 2002.