Lien Ceulemans comes from, in her own words, “a small, modest, normal and lovely Belgian family.” Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that she would one day be a leader at one of the top technology companies in the world. However, today, that’s exactly what she’s doing as the country leader for Belgium and Luxembourg here at Salesforce. But her story doesn’t start there, so let’s rewind a bit.
In 2009, after finishing her law degree, Lien had the chance to study in the United States at Stanford University. While at Stanford, she was exposed to many exciting technology companies in Silicon Valley. One companies that peeked Lien’s interest was Salesforce. Lien told us, “While studying at Stanford, I gained amazing experience. I knew that if I ever wanted to get something like that again, I needed to break away from the law firms and go work for a top tech company — like Salesforce.” And just a few short years later, that’s what Lien did. “One day, I hopped on a train to London, arrived at the Salesforce office for my interview and never looked back,” said Lien.
In January of 2012, Lien started at Salesforce as a Corporate Counsel covering the EMEA region. “I knew I wanted to come work at Salesforce because of the challenge. I am always curious about learning new things and I felt Salesforce provided me that opportunity. Another reason is because of the people. One of the things I always value highly is people and I knew Salesforce did as well,” she said.
Lien was at Salesforce for the next 9 years and worked in a variety of roles. Lien told us, “I started on the legal team and then transitioned over to the privacy legal team as a Privacy Counsel. In 2016, I got the opportunity to lead the European Privacy team. This was a time where privacy was becoming an extremely important topic for many organizations and it was great to see how Salesforce took a leading exemplary role in this debate, given trust has always been Salesforce's number one value.” In 2018, Lien took on a global role as the Vice President of Global Privacy and Associate General Counsel. “We no longer say privacy legal team. We say privacy team because we cover a lot more than just legal. We had a fantastic time and I am still incredibly proud of the amazing work this team delivered for the entire organization and our customers. Most importantly, I made life-long friendships,” said Lien.