Marc R. Benioff
Public Affairs, Business, and Administration
Business, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leadership (Private Sector)
A pioneer of cloud computing, Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Benioff has embraced World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab's multi-stakeholder approach to leadership, serving not only shareholders but all stakeholders-including customers, employees, partners, communities and the environment-to make the world a better place. He led a group of CEOs and business leaders in opposing state legislation that discriminated against LGBTQ communities, and instituted a company-wide salary assessment at Salesforce to ensure men and women were being paid equally for comparable work. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation.