Box taps former SAP SuccessFactors chief to run sales

Box taps former SAP SuccessFactors chief to run sales

Summary: Box is boosting the brainpower behind its cloud storage plaform with a few new key industry hires.


Box has made a few notable new hires as of late, garnering attention amid rumors about an IPO over the last few months.

The enterprise cloud storage and services provider has signed on Graham Younger, who previously led global sales for SAP-owned SuccessFactors. Younger will now lead sales at Box as executive vice president of worldwide field operations.

Box has been busy expanding its global presence with a European base in London and plans to expand to Asia, starting in Japan.

With resume bullet points that also include Oracle, TIBCO, and IBM, Younger has a considerable amount of enterprise software sales expertise that should help the private company scale internationally.

Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie noted in a blog post on Tuesday that while Younger's priority will be to help target larger corporate customers, there will continue to be a focus on mid-size and small businesses as well:

His experience is a perfect fit for where we are taking Box, and as one of the most senior leaders in SAP’s cloud business, he’s helped some of the world’s largest enterprises move from on-premise systems and applications to the web.

The hiring of Younger follows last week's hiring of Manjit Singh, former chief information officer of the Las Vegas Sands and Chiquita Brands, to build and spearhead Box's industry consulting practice.

Box also made headlines when former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky joined the company as a senior advisor last summer.

Image via Box

Topics: Cloud, CXO, Enterprise Software, SAP, Enterprise 2.0

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  • Sales...

    Well, it's nice that Box is making all these big hires, but if it doesn't lead to a lower, more competitive price, then this will all be a lot of empty hype. I'm an IT manager, and when I was tasked with switching clouds for my company last month, I was shocked to find that for our 40 users, we would have to pay $420 for each of them. We ended up going with DriveHQ, but we're still considering SpiderOak if they don't work out. And I'm definitely keeping an eye on Box. Their service is pretty nice, and if Younger can help lower prices, we'll consider Box again.