Reuters is reporting a big shake up at Salesforce tonight pst, with President and chief strategy officer Steve Cakebread resigning along with two other senior executives. (Cakebread is still listed as chief financial officer on the Salesforce website executive leadership page).
Gary Hanna, executive vice president for enterprise sales plus one other unnamed executive are the other two leavers. This is quite a sea change from the big tent atmosphere of the San Francisco Dreamforce Global Meet in early December, when the cloud computing believers were out in force and apparently going from strength to strength.
The european Dreamforce scheduled for London this spring was cancelled, (although it is being replaced with a free one day event) and it appears that the economy is having a significant impact on salesforce: the layoffs were not "performance related".