Marc Benioff

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Marc Benioff

Name: Marc Russell Benioff

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

Computer-related contributions

  • Chairman & CEO of Salesforce.
  • He is credited with "turning the software industry on its head" using the Internet to revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed. He has described SaaS (software as a service) as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software.
  • Coined the term PaaS ("platform as a service"). Developed the Salesforce PaaS, which allows customers to build their own applications on the Salesforce cloud architecture.

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 Salesforce 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 Executive of the Year (2009).
  • Appointed by President George W. Bush as the co-chairman of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (20032005).
  • Forbes named Salesforce one of America's Best Companies.