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Salesforce Appoints Ex-European Commissioner Neelie Kroes To Board Of Directors

Ex-European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has joined the Salesforce board of directors, bringing the total number of Salesforce directors to 12.

She joins several other high profile board members at the CRM provider, including YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Yahoo! Chairman Maynard Webb.


“We are delighted to have Neelie Kroes join our Board of Directors,” said Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. “She is an amazing and respected leader who has done extraordinary work at the highest levels of government, technology policy and business in Europe.”

Kroes is the third women to join the board at Salesforce, and comes into effect May 1.

“Salesforce is one of the world’s most admired companies and a leader in digital transformation for business,” said Kroes herself. “It’s an honor for me to serve on the Salesforce Board of Directors.”

Kroes is no stranger to the technology industry, having been heavily involved in numerous programs for more than a decade.

She is currently the Special Envoy for public/private startup partnership StartupDelta, which is based in the Netherlands.

Prior to this, Kroes was the European Commissioner for both Competition and later for Digital Agenda when she served as vice president of the European Commission.

Kroes has also served on the Boards of AB Volvo, Ballast Nedam, McDonald’s Netherlands, Lucent Netherlands, P&O Nedlloyd and Nederlandse Spoorwegen and was chairperson of Nyenrode University.  Kroes is also a member of the financial committee of the Rijksmuseum.

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Ben Sullivan

Ben covers web and technology giants such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft and their impact on the cloud computing industry, whilst also writing about data centre players and their increasing importance in Europe. He also covers future technologies such as drones, aerospace, science, and the effect of technology on the environment.

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  • As European commissioner, she was defending EU consumer's interests against industrial lobbies (e.g. was responsible for $500m fine against Microsoft). Now she is hired at Salesforce as a lobbyist to defend the company's interest against the EU. This does not speak well for her integrity. She is not hired for her programming skills...

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