The Channel logo

News

By | Simon Sharwood 15th September 2014 00:58

Benioff bails from Borg Board

Salesforce supremo was invited onto board by Cisco CEO Chambers but won't seek re-election

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has decided not to stand for re-election to Cisco's Board of Directors at the company's November annual general meeting.

Cisco filed the paperwork to make it happen last Firday, and issued a statement attributed to its own CEO John Chambers to cement the departure.

Chambers' statement is as follows:

“I am extremely thankful for Marc’s service to Cisco, especially as his own company is currently enjoying hyper growth and the demands on him are enormous. His infectious passion and guiding vision are crucial for Salesforce.com. I personally asked him to join the Board as I knew that his laser focus on customers would help Cisco as we navigate through the many market transitions of cloud, mobility, security, Internet of Everything and more. His insight, experience and knowledge in software and the cloud has been invaluable to Cisco. His focus on innovation, customers and outcomes during his time on the board will continue to have positive impact on Cisco for years to come. I thank Marc for his exemplary service, and am glad he’ll be with us through November, and look forward to continuing the close relationship between Cisco and Salesforce.”

Benioff clambered aboard the Borg board in 2012. In the time since, Cisco has launched major initiatives in most of the topics Chambers mentions. The borg now has its own “intercloud”, has positioned itself to play in the internet of things and launched an application-centric version of software-defined networking with the November 2013 launch of its Application-Centric networking initiative.

Those new releases are yet to get massive market traction, making it too early to judge Benioff's contribution.

Cisco's board will shrink to ten members once Benioff bails, a change that seems to indicate there's no direct replacement under consideration. ®

comment icon Be the first to post a comment! alert Send corrections

Opinion

Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Stranded_ships

Chris Mellor

Thousands of layoffs announced as spinning rust enters its death spiral

Features

Locker room jocks photo via Shutterstock
Best locker-room strategy: Avoid emulating AWS directly
STRASBOURG, JUNE 29, 2016: The seat of the European Parliament. by Marco Aprile for shutterstock. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Plan b, image via Shutterstock
EU workers, new markets: post-Brexit pressure on May & Co
Tough question, pic via Shutterstock