Salesforce.com CEO to Co-chair PITAC
President's Information Technology Advisory Committee advises the president, Congress and the federal agencies involved in information technology research and development.Marc Benioff, the high-profile CEO of hosted CRM service provider Salesforce.com, will be appointed co-chair of the Presidents Information Technology Advisory Committee by President George Bush, the company acknowledged Friday. Benioff will co-chair the 25-person committee along with Edward Lazowska, who currently holds the Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science at the University of Washingtons Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He will serve a two-year term. "PITAC represents the administrations commitment to technology innovation," said Benioff, in a statement. "I am tremendously honored to have been chosen by President George W. Bush to play an integral role in this effort to maintain Americas tradition of excellence in the field of information technology."
PITAC was first chartered by Congress in 1991, then re-chartered in 1998 as part of the Next Generation Internet Act that year.