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The 10 Biggest Salesforce News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

Wade Tyler Millward

Salesforce continued to make headlines in the first half of 2021, with the company’s $27.7 billion Slack acquisition and record earnings topping the list of the biggest stories so far this year.

10. Leadership Changes

Earlier this year, Mark Hawkins retired as Salesforce CFO and was succeeded by Amy Weaver, formerly Salesforce’s chief legal officer.

Benioff praised Weaver as a change agent in the company during Salesforce’s May earnings call, saying “she‘s rebuilt this incredible operating margin model and operating model” and “almost redesigning the company from the bottom up.”

“It‘s awesome what she’s been doing,” Benioff said. “And you can see it here. Operating margin in the quarter was a healthy 20.2 percent. You look at the last four quarters … our margin, our revenue, our cash flow — it’s awesome. And to see these changes that Amy has brought to the company has just inspired me.”

In February, Salesforce moved David Schmaier (pictured) to the role of president and chief product officer. He previously held the role of CEO of Salesforce Industries, working on the company’s industry cloud strategy. Schmaier joined Salesforce through the 2020 acquisition of Vlocity for $1.33 billion.

Schmaier was previously an executive at Salesforce archrival Siebel Systems, bought by Oracle in 2006.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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