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Chris Ciauri

Head of EMEA Commercial Business for Salesforce

Chris joined Salesforce as head of the EMEA commercial business in 2009 and is responsible for all commercial and SMB revenue for EMEA, leading a team of sales management, sales, pre-sales and business development people across the region.

An accomplished executive with 20 years of local and international experience, he specialises in building high-growth sales and field operations for global technology companies and delivering value to SME customers.

Chris joined Salesforce as Senior Vice President from Hydropoint and has also served in senior leadership roles with Peoplesoft, E.piphany and Adobe in the United States, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Chris holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Checking The Mental Health Of The Tech Industry

That this example went so viral, so fast, is telling. To me, it's a clear example of how employee wellness is intrinsically linked to attracting the right talent and having a happy, healthy workforce in our industry.
11/10/2017 13:22 BST

National Coding Week: A Timely Reminder For Why Diversity In Tech Starts Now

This year's UK A-Level results revealed an alarming truth: very few girls actually took computing at A-Level: 9.8%. As someone who works in the tech industry, I find this worrying and sad. Numerous studies have revealed that the current gender gap means the UK tech sector is missing out on significant business opportunities for growth, innovation and success.
20/09/2017 15:49 BST

It's Time To Speak Up For Gender Equality In The Tech Sector

I believe it's imperative to stand up for what you believe is right; for me on of these things is gender equality. While it's always been important to me, the birth of my two daughters has made it more personal as I want to set an example for them and show them that I believe they can achieve anything they want.
01/06/2017 14:45 BST

Millennials in the tech sector: playing for keeps

To me this makes a lot of sense: most Millennials are still in what I call the 'heavy-learning' part of their career and so mentoring at this stage can be particularly beneficial. Further, from what I've seen, it creates a very powerful tie to an organisation and by extension, to an industry.
13/02/2017 16:57 GMT

Tech Startups Are Spearheading A New Era Of Giving Back In The UK

The UK's tech sector has seen remarkable growth in recent years - in fact according to Tech Nation 2016, the industry now accounts for 1.56 million jobs nationwide. And the startup sector is particularly strong, with a 92% increase in tech companies incorporated in London alone over the past three years.
12/01/2017 15:49 GMT

Increasing Women in Tech - Men Hold the Key

My female colleagues often say that "you can't be what you can't see," and I think this rings true for male advocacy too: if a few men stand up and say gender equality is important, many others will think "I can do that too" and will be inspired to take action.
21/04/2016 12:36 BST

Going Beyond Unicorns: Growing a UK Tech Powerhouse

There's been a lot of media attention over the past few months around the topic of unicorns. Until recently, for most people they were simply mythical creatures from childhood or the Harry Potter universe.
30/11/2015 15:17 GMT

STEM Students Need Mentoring Too

Of course, at all stages, mentoring can either be a big success or just another sterile and unrewarding box-ticking exercise - and there are a few important things that will make it more likely to be the former.
30/10/2015 12:27 GMT

A New Golden Age for UK Technology Start Ups?

How can the tech sector marry today's feeling of optimism - and the private sector cash that is aligned with that growth - with the creation of both a societal and industry infrastructure that will enable technology-orientated people and businesses to flourish and grow?
08/06/2015 10:45 BST

Watch This Space... Why Wearables Will Be Substance Over Style

Remember when Bluetooth headsets hit the scene, and we all wondered why, all of a sudden, so many people were walking around talking to themselves? I wonder how long it will take for it to become the norm to go about with your eyes glued to your wrist. My guess is probably not that long.
29/04/2015 12:04 BST

Our Future Starts Here

However, while it's easy to get started, it takes more than just money or technology to build a successful business. The technology market is extremely competitive, and the core skills that new companies need to thrive in this sort of environment are still in short supply.
18/11/2014 15:09 GMT

Smartphones = Smart SMEs

For most of us, our smartphones have become the equivalent of our modern swiss-army knives. Had your bank card stolen? Arrange emergency cash through your banking app. Missed the last train home? Book a taxi via Hailo. Lost? Use your GPS-enabled map.
18/09/2014 11:07 BST