Marc Benioff is the founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Salesforce, a global leader in enterprise tech, cloud-based computing, and customer relationship management (CRM) software. With several dozen acquisitions under its belt, over $15 billion in equity, and a number one ranking on Forbes’ Best Companies to Work For list, Salesforce is one of the world’s most successful companies by all measures. Founded in 1999, it has been listed on Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies five years in a row, and Fortune named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry four years in a row, as well as a Best Place to Work eight years in a row.
As a businessman and a philanthropist, Marc has been lauded for his work inside and outside of the Salesforce headquarters. Ten years after founding Salesforce, the World Economic Forum named him as a Young Global Leader. He was voted by Fortune’s readers as Businessperson of the Year in 2014 and listed as one of the magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2016. The Economist gave him the publication’s Innovation Award. Barron’s deemed him to be one of the Best CEOs in the World.
“It’s my belief that businesses are the greatest platforms for change and can have an enormous impact on improving the state of the world,” he wrote in The Huffington Post in 2016. “As business leaders we are in positions of influence, and responsible for more than just shareholders. We are accountable for the well being of an extended community of employees, customers and partners, as well as our fellow beings on this planet we inhabit.”
A dedicated social activist, Marc led a global effort against the anti-LGBTQ Religious Freedom Restoration Act that had been passed in Indiana, ultimately resulting in Indiana State Legislature amending the bill to protect LGBTQ consumers. He also led efforts against Georgia’s First Amendment Defense Act, which eventually led the governor to veto the bill. He donated $1 million to March for Our Lives and supported tax increases to support local services as a lifelong resident of San Francisco. He’s also donated $30 million to research and solve homelessness.
Marc served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees.Tags: cloud technology, enterprise technology, philanthropy, SaaS