Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has named Keith Block as its new co-CEO, a promotion from the chief operating office role he had previously served in.
Block, who joined the firm in 2013 and has also served as vice chairman and president, will now report to the board of directors. His primary responsibility will be to lead Salesforce’s growth strategy, execution, and operations.
“Keith has outstanding operational expertise and corporate leadership experience, and I could not be happier for his promotion and this next level of our partnership,” said Marc Benioff, founder, chairman of the board, and co-CEO of Salesforce.
Benioff will continue as chairman of the board and his role orchestrating the firm’s overall vision, innovation strategy, and stakeholder engagement.
Block had equally glowing things to say about Benioff. “Salesforce’s success is a testament to Marc’s visionary leadership, which has created an unparalleled culture of trust, innovation and equality, as well as a relentless focus on customer success,” said Block. “I’m honored to be co-CEO and to leverage each of our strengths.”
In their respective roles as co-CEOs, Benioff, who continues as Chairman of the Board, will lead Salesforce’s vision and innovation in areas including technology, marketing, stakeholder engagement and culture. Block will lead the company’s growth strategy, execution and operations.
Photo: Salesforce executives speak on an panel in 2013 alongside peers from Google, Accenture, and Facebook. (Credit: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine)