Vivek Kundra, the former Chief Information Officer of U.S.A has been appointed as the executive vice president of emerging markets of Salesforce.com.
“Vivek Kundra is an amazing technology visionary who opened the eyes of millions to the transformational power of cloud computing,” said Salesforce CEO and founder Marc Benioff in a statement.“His disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise.”
Kundra got the honour of being the first Chief Information Officer of the United States in 2009. During his tenure in the Obama administration, Kundra co-ordinated more than $80 billion in federal technology investments, created the Federal IT Dashboard which offers access to government data to the public and undertook initiatives to introduce cloud computing in the public sector. Kundra has also authored ‘Cloud-First policy,’ a book to guide the government IT organizations to function efficiently with fewer resources.
Kundra has also served as the chief technology officer for Washington D.C. and the assistant secretary of commerce and technology for the state of Virginia in the past. Kundra stepped down from his position as CIO last June to take a fellowship at Harvard University for Internet and Society.
Kundra said in a statement that his job at Salesforce would involve helping Salesforce bridge the technology gap between traditional businesses and the ever growing tech industry getting more popular with consumer applications like Facebook and Twitter.
“The developed nations are all facing challenges in terms of their financial health,” Kundra said. “They can look at their operating expenses and see Salesforce as a disruptor.” He said that Salesforce would present itself to developing nations as a provider of “new services,” like health care delivered over mobile networks. The overall strategy will be developed over the next few months, he added.