Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has joined Salesforce.com’s board of directors, the customer relationship management software company revealed late last week.
The retired four-star general has been friends with chief executive Marc Benioff for more than 15 years, Benioff said in a statement March 14.
“He was also instrumental in shaping salesforce.com’s integrated philanthropic model and the formation of the Salesforce.com Foundation many years ago,” Benioff said, referring to Salesforce’s philanthropic arm, which donates and discounts the company’s technology for nonprofits.
“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 said in a statement.
Other members of the 11-person board include Benioff, former U.S. ambassador to Japan John Roos, Hewlett-Packard’s former vice president treasurer Lawrence Tomlinson, and Yahoo! chairman Maynard Webb.