Gavin Patterson joins Saleforce to head up EMEA
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Salesforce, headquartered in San Francisco, has invested significantly in EMEA over many years, adding new jobs, building new data centres and offices, and expanding its…
Salesforce has announced that Gavin Patterson has been appointed to serve as the company’s Chairman in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
In this role, Patterson will provide strategic guidance to Salesforce’s rapidly growing business in EMEA, the company’s fastest-growing region globally.
“Gavin is a highly respected leader and innovator, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to Salesforce as our EMEA Chairman,” said Salesforce co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block.
“His extensive experience in digital communications, customer engagement and systems delivery makes him a powerful addition to our EMEA team as we head into the next phase of growth and customer success in the region.”
Salesforce, headquartered in San Francisco, has invested significantly in EMEA over many years, adding new jobs, building new data centres and offices, and expanding its partner ecosystem. Last year, the company announced plans to invest $2.2 billion in France and $2.5 billion in its UK business, over the following five years.
Earlier this year, Salesforce Ventures, the company's global corporate investment group, launched a $125 million Europe Trailblazer Fund to continue fuelling enterprise cloud start-ups. Salesforce EMEA saw growth of 30 percent in the second quarter of Fiscal 2019.
Patterson brings his experience as a business leader, most recently as Chief Executive at BT Group from 2013-19 and CEO of the Group’s BT Retail division from 2008-13.
During his tenure at BT, he completed the UK rollout of the superfast fibre broadband and started the deployment of ultrafast fibre broadband. He led the £15 billion acquisition of EE, launched BT Sport, expanded BT’s cyber security practice and championed BT’s social purpose agenda.
“Salesforce is a special company with an enviable track record and phenomenal future opportunities in EMEA,” said Gavin Patterson. “I look forward to supporting this team of talented leaders as the business moves into its next phase of growth.”