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Mark Hawkins Joins Toast Board of Directors

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Toast, a leading restaurant management platform, today announced that Mark Hawkins, president and CFO at Salesforce, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

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Mark Hawkins: Toast Board Member, president and CFO of Salesforce (Photo: Business Wire)

Mark Hawkins: Toast Board Member, president and CFO of Salesforce (Photo: Business Wire)

Chris Comparato, CEO of Toast, said: “As the current president and CFO of Salesforce, Mark brings an exceptional track record as an operating executive to the Board of Directors here at Toast. I know that our entire leadership team is excited to benefit from his experience as we continue to scale our platform and help the restaurant community recover from the impact of COVID-19.”

“We’re all being challenged by the current times, but the team at Toast built an incredible product and culture that will navigate through this crisis and support its customers as they persevere and rebuild,” said Mark Hawkins, president and CFO at Salesforce. “I look forward to working with a leadership team and board that’s so committed to serving its employees and our community of restaurateurs.”

Hawkins is the president and CFO at Salesforce. He is responsible for Salesforce’s global finance organization and has more than 30 years of experience with leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Autodesk, Logitech, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard. Hawkins holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado, a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Toast’s current board members are: Steve Papa, founder and CEO of Endeca (sold to Oracle for $1B in 2011) and current founder and CEO of Parallel Wireless; Kent Bennett, partner, Bessemer Venture Partners; Paul Bell, operating partner at Lead Edge Capital; and David Yuan, General Partner, TCV.

To learn more about Toast’s call on the federal government to better support the restaurant community during the COVID-19 health crisis, see here.

About Toast

Launched in 2013, Toast is democratizing technology for restaurants of all sizes. Built exclusively for restaurants and driven by a passion to enable their success, Toast connects employees, operations, and guests on an easy-to-use platform so restaurateurs can stay one step ahead of a rapidly evolving hospitality market. Tens of thousands of restaurants partner with Toast to increase revenue, streamline operations, retain great employees, and create raving fans. Toast was named to Fortune’s 2020 Best Workplaces in Technology, 2020 Forbes Fintech 50, 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Finals, and 2019 Forbes Cloud 100. Learn more at