Japan’s leading incubator firm SunBridge has named salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff as its 2002 "Entrepreneur of the Year."
Benioff, the first non-Japanese recipient of a SunBridge award, was selected on the basis of his global business leadership and philanthropic contributions.
"Under Marc Benioff's leadership over the past year, salesforce.com has added more CRM customers than Siebel, PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle combined and crossed the crucial milestone of positive cash-flow," said SunBridge CEO Allen Miner.
Benioff founded salesforce.com in the spring of 1999 with a vision of "The End Of Software". He was formerly senior vice president at Oracle reporting to CEO Larry Ellison. In July 2000, Benioff founded the salesforce.com/foundation, a multi-million dollar philanthropic initiative focused on helping under-served youths succeed in the digital age. He was recently honored as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, class of 2002.