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CRM software giant Salesforce appoints Keith Block as co-CEO

August 08, 2018 / Mark Jones

Enterprise software giant Salesforce has promoted its former chief operating officer, Keith Block, to the role of co-CEO.Reporting directly to the board and working alongside the cloud CRM specialist’s founder and CEO, Marc Benioff, who will remain chairman, Block’s move puts Salesforce in a very small camp of co-led companies which, funnily enough, includes rival Oracle - where the two originally met.Block has served as the company’s vice chairman, president and director since joining in June 2014, and has been the group’s COO since February 2016.The move has been met by surprise all round, chiefly because in the sole hands of Benioff Salesforce landed in excess of $10bn (£7.8bn) sales in 2018 and is on track to grow that by nearly a third by the end of the year, urging many to query the need for a (partial) change of guard.