News: Kroes joins Colin Powell, another high-profile former government figure, on the 12-strong Board of Directors.
Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has become the latest high-profile individual to join the Salesforce Board of Directors.
Joining the like likes of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, ex-Hasbro CEO Alan Hassenfeld, and Yahoo! chairman Maynard Webb, the appointment of Kroes brings the size of the Salesforce Board of Directors to 12 members.
"We are delighted to have Neelie Kroes join our Board of Directors," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, 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. Salesforce will benefit greatly from her broad experience across both the public and private sectors."
Kroes spent ten years as a European Commissioner, first as European Commissioner for Competition and later as Commissioner for Digital Agenda, and served as Vice President of the European Commission.
Prior to her work at the European Commission, Kroes was a Dutch politician serving in the the Dutch House of Representatives and, later, serving as the State Secretary for Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
This was followed by three terms in the Dutch government, one term as State Secretary and two terms as a Cabinet Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
Currently, Kroes is Special Envoy for StartupDelta, a public/private partnership to establish a thriving ecosystem of startup companies in the Netherlands.
Commenting on her appointment to the Salesforce Board of Directors, effective as of May 1, 2016, Kroes said: "Salesforce is one of the world’s most admired companies and a leader in digital transformation for business. It’s an honor for me to serve on the Salesforce Board of Directors."
This is not the first time Kroes has sat on a Board of Directors, having previously served on the Boards of AB Volvo, Ballast Nedam, McDonald’s Netherlands, Lucent Netherlands, P&O Nedlloyd and Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
In addition to the aforementioned names, Kroes will join 11 existing members of the Salesforce Board of Directors including Marc Benioff, Salesforce chairman and CEO; Keith Block, Salesforce vice chairman, president and COO; Craig Conway, former CEO of PeopleSoft; Sanford Robertson, principal of Francisco Partners; John Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan; Lawrence Tomlinson, former senior vice president and treasurer of Hewlett-Packard; Robin Washington, CFO of Gilead Sciences; and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.