Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. One of the pioneers of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to revolutionise the enterprise software world with new models for technology, business, corporate philanthropy and management. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the largest customer relationship management (CRM) company.
Benioff has been widely recognised for his visionary leadership and industry innovation. He was named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s and received The Economist’s Innovation Award. He served as co-Chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003–2005.
Salesforce has been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies five years in a row by Forbes. Fortune named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry three years in a row, and ranked the company among the World’s Best Places to Work.
Prior to launching Salesforce, Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California.