CECP CEO Daryl Brewster and Marc Benioff, CEO and Chairman of the Board of salesforce.com, share their perspectives on corporate philanthropy, and they rally other CEOs to do more.
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create
an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Under Marc’s direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. Throughout his career, Marc has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization— which established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Prior to launching salesforce.com, Marc, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, worked at Oracle Corporation and Apple. Marc serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California and is on the board of directors at Cisco.
Daryl has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad. He has been an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, served as the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, run five multi-billion dollar business units and currently serves on several privately-held and non-profit boards. He served as:
President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; successfully led the business to record top and bottom-line growth.
President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; more than doubled the portfolio to $1.6 billion over a four year period.
The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; reversing financial declines, clearing up a myriad of financial and accounting difficulties, reducing debt and expanding globally.
Managing Director of Campbell's $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits.
In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company and Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies.
He also has an extensive background in non-profits, having served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges & university councils; the Y Alliance; CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the RWJohnson-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to decrease childhood obesity in the US.
Douglas R. Conant is the CECP Chair, Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership and Former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. Conant joined Campbell after 25 years at three of the world's leading food companies. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills. After 10 years with General Mills, he moved to Kraft, where he held top management positions in marketing and strategy. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, he was president of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company, where he led that unit to five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.
He is an active member and past chairman of the board of directors of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the non-profit organization Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Conant is also a member and past chairman of the board of trustees of The Conference Board.