General Colin Powell joins Salesforce.com board

Summary:The addition of the former Secretary of State increases the size of Salesforce's board to 11 members.

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Following up the CRM giant's 15th anniversary last week, Salesforce.com is looking forward with a notable new appointment to its board of directors.

General Colin Powell has joined the San Francisco-headquartered company's Board of Directors, effective as of March 13.

The addition of the former Secretary of State increases the size of Salesforce's board to 11 members.

While most of Salesforce's board is dominated by tech industry titans -- including CEO, co-founder, and chairman Marc Benioff -- Powell isn't the only former public sector figure on the committee. He follows John V. Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, a major market for Salesforce.

Powell is also a strategic limited partner at early-stage venture capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, among other leadership positions primarily dedicated to education.

The retired four-star general already made headlines in the tech press earlier this week -- albeit for more casual, even social, reasons.

Celebrating the social media trend "Throwback Thursday," Powell posted a self-taken snapshot (a.k.a. a selfie) to his Facebook profile.

Seen above, the photo was snapped approximately 60 years ago, sparking Internet users to lightheartedly praise Powell as a "pioneer" of this particular photography craze.

Image via Facebook.com/Colin Powell

Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Software, Salesforce.com, Software

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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