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Salesforce Names Former Federal CIO Kundra EVP, Emerging Markets

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) has appointed Vivek Kundra, former federal chief information officer, as the company’s executive vice president of emerging markets, the company announced Monday.

Dan Burton, senior vice president and the general manager for the company’s global public sector business, defines emerging markets as rapidly growing economies, such as Brazil and India, which are also rapidly adopting cloud services.

Kundra will head Salesforce’s public sector business. Burton said Kundra is a technology visionary that will benefit all of Salesforce’s government interactions.

“Salesforce has a broad government footprint, ” Burton said. “Vivek’s arrival is going to allow us to broaden and deepen the services and the relationships we have at all levels of government.”

As federal CIO, Kundra authored a 25-point plan to reform how the federal government manages information technology. Kundra also authored the federal government’s strategy for transitioning to cloud computing.

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, said Kundra’s “disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise.”

“Vivek’s arrival validates the cloud revolution that we’re trying to move forward, ” Burton said.

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