Dr. Steve Garnett
EMEA Chairman at salesforce.com
Steve Garnett has had one of the most distinguished careers of any European executive in the software industry. Garnett has been a member of the executive management team of three software startups that have each turned into some of the most successful software companies in history.
Garnett started his career joining Oracle Corporation prior to its IPO in 1986. He held various technical and sales positions including Director of UK sales, Vice President European Marketing & Alliances and was the youngest member of the European management team. He was at Oracle Corporation for 12 years as the company grew to become the world’s 2nd largest software company. Garnett joined Siebel Systems in 1996 as Vice President of Europe and a member of the founders circle. From 100 employees the company grew in eight years to become the worlds 5th largest software company with 8,000 employees and a $60b market capitalization at its peak. In 2003 Steve joined his former Oracle executive colleague Marc Benioff to head Europe operations and be part of the executive team at salesforce.com and he helped take salesforce.com public in 2004. Salesforce.com has been recognized as the world’s most innovative company by Forbes for the last three years in a row and named Fortune’s Most Admired Company in Computing Software.
Throughout his career, Garnett has been committed to using his resources to produce positive social change for underserved children.
He has a degree in mathematics, a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester and holds a number of professional affiliations and board positions.