Salesforce, the world’ number 1 customer relationship management (CRM) company, has named Bret Taylor as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Before this promotion, Taylor held the position of Chief Product Officer and President.
Taylor, in his new position, will be responsible for a wide range of activities, including but not limited to leading the global product vision, marketing, engineering, and communications of Salesforce. Taylor will be reporting directly to chairman Marc Benioff.
Over the last few years, Taylor has had increasing responsibilities, taking the lead on many of the biggest announcement of Salesforce at Dreamforce, which is Salesforce’s biggest customer conference every year. In fact, Benioff remarked Taylor has already been behind product vision, go-to-market strategy, and development even before his promotion was announced. In a statement, Benioff said Taylor’s expanded portfolio of responsibilities will enable us to drive even greater innovation and customer success as we experience rapid growth at scale.
Ajay Dubedi, the CEO and Founder of Cloud Analogy (the world’s premier Salesforce Development Company and CRM Implementation Partner), remarked the stage was all set for Bret Taylor to just walk in and take the reins. Dubedi added it is very much likely that Taylor is getting groomed to take over Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block and Benioff whenever they decide to move on.
Taylor made entry into Salesforce when the CRM giant purchased Quip in August 2016 for $750 million. He was later promoted to Chief Product Officer and President in November 2017. Before launching Quip, Taylor was Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, which he joined in 2009 after it acquired his social networking company, FriendFeed. He is also known as one of the creators of Google Maps; Taylor is a member of the board of directors at Twitter. Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science.