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Brad Burns Joins Salesforce as EVP and Chief Communications Officer

We have exciting news to share! Brad Burns is joining Salesforce as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, reporting to Chairman and Co-CEO Marc Benioff. Brad will officially start in his new role on August 13, 2018.

"Salesforce is one of the most admired companies in the world, and I’m so fortunate to work with this incredibly talented team,” said Burns. “I look forward to making a contribution to this next phase of Salesforce’s growth, commitment to corporate social responsibility and industry leadership."

Brad joins Salesforce from AT&T, where he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for AT&T Communications. There, he led global communications, including public relations, employee communications, reputation management, social media, and executive communications.

He has two decades of experience providing communications counsel to executive teams in highly-competitive industries, especially around financial and M&A communications, high-visibility product launches, communicating globally and intensive issues management.

Brad will oversee Salesforce’s communication organization including PR and Corporate Communications, Corporate Messaging and Content, the Salesforce Newsroom and Blog.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brad as Chief Communications Officer,” said Marc Benioff, Chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce. “Brad is the perfect fit to lead Salesforce communications through our next wave of growth, innovation and customer success.”

“Brad is a seasoned executive and proven leader with the right global communications experience to help us lead our company to $23 billion and beyond," said Keith Block, co-CEO, Salesforce.

Prior to AT&T, Brad was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Revolution LLC, the venture firm created by AOL co-founder Steve Case. He also led global corporate communications for MCI. He began his career at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C.

Brad holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is an executive board member of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, an advisory board member of SMU’s School of Communications Studies and is a former adjunct professor of Georgetown University’s Corporate Communications program.


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