Globally-acclaimed CRM provider, Salesforce has announced that President and Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor has been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer.
The press statement from Salesforce indicates that as COO Taylor will lead Salesforce’s global product vision, engineering, security, marketing, and communications. Taylor will continue to report to Chairman and co-CEO Marc Benioff.
Chairman Marc Benioff believes that Taylor’s expanded portfolio of responsibilities will enable Salesforce to drive greater customer success and innovation as the company is experiencing rapid growth at scale.
“Bret has been the chief architect of our product vision, development, and go-to-market strategy, driving success for our customers with our industry-leading Customer 360 platform,” said Salesforce Chairman and co-CEO Marc Benioff.
“Bret has been an amazing leader and partner throughout his time at Salesforce,” said Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block. “This is the natural next step for our company as we continue to drive innovation and deliver the incredible experiences our customers expect from Salesforce.”
Taylor is the co-founder and former CEO of Quip, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2016. He has spent his career building widely used products for businesses and consumers. Prior to founding Quip, Taylor served as the Chief Technology Officer of Facebook, which he joined in 2009 after it acquired his social networking company, FriendFeed. Bret also spent several years at Google, where he co-created Google Maps. Taylor is a member of Twitter’s board of directors. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science.