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Ex-US CIO Joins Salesforce.com

The company didn’t explain what the job entails

Vivek Kundra, the former CIO of the US federal government, an early evangelist of cloud computing, has been hired by cloud pioneer salesforce.com as EVP of emerging markets.

Salesforce snaring him is considered something of a coup. The company didn't explain what the job entails and Forbes assumes he's there as a rainmaker to make government contracts happen despite the pressure on budgets.

The New Delhi-born Kundra and his Rolodex left government service and the Obama administration last August for a fellowship at Harvard conducting research at both the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Academic life generally isn't very profitable.

As the first chief information officer of the United States Kundra managed more than $80 billion in technology investments for one of the world's largest IT organizations and authored the groundbreaking Cloud-First policy that now serves as a model for government IT organizations around the world seeking to increase efficiencies with less resources.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said in a statement, "Vivek Kundra is an amazing technology visionary who opened the eyes of millions to the transformational power of cloud computing. His disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise."

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