August 02, 2012, 1:42 PM — Cisco has added venerable and outspoken cloud computing executive Marc Benioff, founder and chairman of SalesForce.com, to its board of directors, the company announced today.
Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle before leaving to found SalesForce.com in 1999. Since then the company has in many ways defined the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud computing market, and continues to be a leader in both its CRM service and, increasingly in the platform as a service (PaaS) and social collaboration areas. The company's Force.com and Heroku services allow users to create applications that link in with the CRM application, while the company's Chatter feature is meant to be a social media-like platform for enterprise use. In addition to Benioff, Cisco also added Kristina Johnson, CEO of hydroelectric company Enduring Hydro and a former U.S. Department of Energy undersecretary.
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"Marc has changed the face of technology through his bold ideas around cloud computing and the social enterprise. Kristina brings us an unmatched expertise in science and technology, which will help guide Cisco as we continue to innovate and transform our customers' experiences," Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers said in a statement.