Salesforce hires first chief equality officer

Salesforce is stepping up its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, announcing on Thursday the hiring of an executive dedicated to the issue.

Tony Prophet, who has held executive roles at Microsoft and HP and serves on the board of directors for USA Today parent Gannett, will become Salesforce’s first chief equality officer starting Sept. 26. The role will include leading the company’s equality initiatives focusing on gender, the LGBTQ community and race, according to a Salesforce news release. Prophet will report directly to CEO Marc Benioff.

“Equality is a core value at Salesforce, and part of the fabric of our culture,” Benioff wrote. “Tony will be an incredible addition to our leadership team as our first chief equality officer.”

Benioff first spilled the news of the impending hire earlier this week at the annual TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference in San Francisco, as SiliconBeat reported. The move comes as Silicon Valley tech companies face mounting pressure to diversify their predominantly white male workforces. Many companies, from Airbnb to Uber to Twitter, have hired executives specifically to tackle the problem.

Prophet previously served as corporate vice president of education and marketing at Microsoft, where he also took a lead role in empowering African-American marketers at the company. Before that, he served as senior vice president at HP, leading operations for the company’s printing and personal systems business.

“Salesforce has been at the forefront of making equality — not just diversity and inclusion — and the education and healthcare of our youth issues that every business needs to address,” Prophet wrote in the Salesforce release. “This is an incredible opportunity to have not just an impact at Salesforce, but more broadly in the tech industry and beyond.”

Photo: Screen shot of Tony Prophet’s LinkedIn page. Prophet is the new chief equality officer at Salesforce.


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  • Rob

    Equality? As in everyone makes the same?

  • RegularGuy55

    Did anyone else notice how ‘Age’ is conspicuously MISSING from the list of ‘equalities’? SV companies flaunt age discrimination laws so blatantly that Salesforce didn’t even bother including the age issue in its new initiative.