Salesforce.com Appoints Technology Industry Veteran Steve McWhirter President of Asia-Pacific Region
SAN FRANCISCO - August 25, 2008
- Salesforce.com [NYSE:
CRM], the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service
(PaaS), today announced the appointment of Steve McWhirter as president of its Asia-Pacific
operations. McWhirter brings 20 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience to the
company, 15 of which have been spent focused in the Asia-Pacific market. He will report to
Jim Steele, chief customer officer and president of international operations, and will be based in
salesforce.com's Singapore office. He succeeds Stephen J. Russell who served as president
since November 2005 and successfully drove salesforce.com's expansion and leadership in the region.
"As a seasoned technology industry veteran, Steve McWhirter will support salesforce.com's
accelerated growth and market development in the Asia-Pacific region," said Jim Steele, chief
customer officer and president of international operations at salesforce.com. "We're excited
to add Steve McWhirter to our leadership team. He will be a driving force in extending the
benefits of Salesforce CRM and the Force.com Platform to the growing number of companies in the
region ready to eliminate the constraints of traditional software from their businesses."
McWhirter joins salesforce.com from serving as vice president of HP Software Asia Pacific, a
division of HP Technology Solutions Group, where he led an organization of nearly 500 sales,
marketing, services and technical support staff. During his tenure, the HP Software division
achieved rapid growth and successfully navigated the company's acquisitions of Mercury, Bristol,
SPI and Opsware. Before HP, McWhirter held positions as vice president of Red Hat
Asia-Pacific and director, APAC software sales of IBM Software Group, Asia-Pacific, among others.
"Salesforce.com has made its mark as one of the most innovative technology companies in the
industry today," said McWhirter. "I'm thrilled to be joining the company at this exciting
juncture for SaaS in the Asia-Pacific region as more and more companies understand and experience
its revolutionary business benefits."
The Asia-Pacific region is salesforce.com's fastest growing region worldwide. For its fiscal
year ending January 31, 2008, the company's Asia-Pacific revenues grew more than 85 percent
year-over-year doubled its customer base.
"Steve Russell has had a long, success-driven history with salesforce.com - first as one of
our earliest supporters when he was a customer and then in rapidly growing salesforce.com's
footprint in the region over the past three years," added Steele. "We commend Steve on his tireless
leadership in driving salesforce.com's momentum and customer success in the Asia-Pacific region."
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