CEO Marc Benioff Honored as Selling Power International CEO of the Year

Honorary International Stevie™ Award acknowledges's market leadership in on-demand CRM and innovations in corporate philanthropy

San Francisco, Calif. - March 22, 2004 -, the global leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) services, today announced that chairman and CEO Marc Benioff has been named the Selling Power International CEO of the Year for his leadership in on-demand CRM, including growing to its current position as market leader with over 9,000 customers and 130,000 subscribers worldwide, as well as his significant innovations in corporate philanthropy. This honorary International Stevie™ Award is part of the International Business Awards, the first global, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace.

Nicknamed the Stevies™ for the Greek word "crowned," the awards will be presented at a dinner ceremony this evening at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. The BusinessTalk Radio Network will broadcast the ceremony live on U.S. radio and worldwide on the Internet. The dinner will benefit the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS.

"Marc Benioff has rapidly created a $100 million company by focusing on the growing demand for easy to deploy, on-demand CRM solutions," said Gerhard Gschwandtner, founder and publisher of Selling Power magazine, a sponsor of the 2004 International Business Awards and the leading sales management magazine with 165,000 subscribers in 67 countries. "With 9,000 customers and 130,000 individual subscribers worldwide, has become a market leader that continues its global expansion."

Benioff founded in March 1999 with a vision to create a Web-based software utility that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as the leader of what he termed "The End Of Software," the growing idea that Web-based applications deliver immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs. Under Benioff's leadership, has become the global leader in on-demand CRM services, with over 9,000 customers and 130,000 subscribers worldwide.

Benioff, a 25-year software industry veteran, is recognized as one of the preeminent thinkers in information technology. In May 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Benioff co-chairman of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), a bi-partisan organization of business leaders and academics that guides the Administration on developing and adopting vital information technology. Fortune Magazine called Benioff one of its Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2003; BusinessWeek named him one of the 25 people responsible for turning e-business around; CRM Magazine recognized him as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry; and named Benioff to its list of Agenda Setters for 2003. Also this year, Ernst & Young honored Benioff as a Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year for his innovation in software-as-service.

Throughout his career, Benioff has been determined to use information technology to produce positive social change. In July 2000, with Colin Powell in attendance, Benioff launched the, a multi-million dollar global philanthropic organization aimed at bridging the digital divide. Pioneering the "1 percent solution"—where the company contributes one percent of profits, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves—the has demonstrated the power and impact of integrated philanthropy. In 2004, Benioff co-authored Compassionate Capitalism, the first-ever best practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model.

"At, we realize that doing good is an integral part of doing well," said Benioff. "I am honored to be recognized for's achievement in both areas, and would like to share this award with our employees, partners, foundation staff and youth, and 9,000 customers worldwide who all contribute to the success of every day."

"We congratulate all finalists and winners of the historic, first International Stevie Awards," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards, the organization that runs The International Business Awards. "Their stories of integrity, creativity, perseverance, humanity, and profitability will be rightly honored during our gala March 22 awards dinner in New York."

Complete lists of International Stevie winners and other details are available at

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