Marc Benioff

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Marc Benioff

Name: Marc Russell Benioff

Born: September 25, 1964, in San Francisco, California USA

Computer-related contributions

  • Chairman & CEO of
  • He is "credited with turning the software industry on its head" by using the Internet to revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed. He has often spoke of software as a service as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software.
  • Coined "platform as a service" and has grown his company by allowing customers to build their own applications on the company's architecture, or in the "cloud."

Significant publications

  • Compassionate Capitalism: How Corporations Can Make Doing Good an Integral Part of Doing Well (2004).
  • The Business of Changing the World: 20 Great Leaders on Strategic Corporate Philanthropy (2006).
  • Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company and Revolutionized an Industry (2009).

Honors and awards

  • Fortune named him one of the Smartest 50 People in Tech (2010).
  • San Francisco Business Times named Benioff 2009 Executive of the Year.
  • Appointed by President George W. Bush as the co-chairman of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (2003–2005).
  • Forbes named one of America's Best Companies.