Marc Benioff

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce

Marc Benioff is Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce has become the third-largest enterprise software company and the largest enterprise applications company in the world. He also co-founded the Pledge 1% movement, committing 1% of Salesforce’s equity, product and employee time to the community since the company’s founding 25 years ago. Today, more than 20,000 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model.

Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes and is recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, one of the 10 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review, as the CNN Business CEO of 2020 and Chief Executive Magazine's 2022 CEO of the Year. He was named a “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur,” one of France's most prestigious awards for an individual, in recognition of Salesforce’s longstanding relationship with France and support to French Polynesia during the pandemic. Benioff received the Yale Legend in Leadership Award in 2024. In 2019, Benioff was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award. In 2020, he and his wife, Lynne, received a George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for their civic engagement.

A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff co-founded — the global movement to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees — and the WEF Friends of Ocean Action. He also serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

Benioff is the owner and co-chair of TIME, and the founder of TIME Ventures — a leading investment firm with over 200 investments. Benioff is author of the New York Times bestseller Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change.

Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees.






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