Salesforce announced on Friday that it has appointed retired four-star general (and former National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State) Colin Powell to its Board of Directors. His position actually went into effect on Thursday, and increases the size of the Board to 11 members.
"We are honored and delighted that General Powell has joined our Board of Directors," said Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. "General Powell is an extraordinary leader who has inspired and influenced me during more than 15 years of friendship. He was also instrumental in shaping salesforce.com's integrated philanthropic model and the formation of the Salesforce.com Foundation many years ago. We couldn't be happier to have him join our Board."
Powell added, "After many years of friendship with Marc and admiration for salesforce.com, I am excited to be joining the Company's Board of Directors. In addition to being on the forefront of innovation, salesforce.com has been a remarkable leader, and has inspired many other companies, as it has made philanthropy a central part of its value system."
Powell was already making headlines this week for posting a vintage selfie on Facebook:
He hasn't posted anything about Salesforce yet.
In addition to Benioff and Powell, the company's Board consists of: Keith Block (president and vice chairman); Craig Conway (former CEO of PeopleSoft); Alan Hassenfeld (former chairman and CEO of Hasbro); Craig Ramsey (former senior vice president of worldwide sales for Siebel); Sanford Robertson (principal of Francisco Partners); John Roos (former U.S. Ambassador to Japan); Lawrence Tomlinson (former senior vice president and treasurer for Hewlett Packard Company); Robin Washington (CFO of Gilead Sciences); and Maynard Webb (chairman of Yahoo).
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