Dropbox adds former Secretary of State Rice to board

Dropbox takes a page from Salesforce.com's playbook while also welcoming a few new C-level execs to the team.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

There are a lot of former Secretaries of State getting involved in the tech world these days.

First, Salesforce.com announced last month that General Colin Powell had joined the CRM giant's Board of Directors.

Just yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines with an appearance at Marketo's customer summit in San Francisco. (Albeit, most of the spotlight turned toward Clinton admitting she was thinking about running for president in 2016 more so than comments about the role of social media in diplomacy.)

Now Dropbox is following suit.

Revealed much more quietly amid the hubbub over Dropbox for Business upgrades and the new Carousel app, the cloud company made three leadership introductions on Wednesday, headlined by Dr. Condoleezza Rice being appointed to the board.

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston explained in a blog post that as the San Francisco-based business looks to grow globally, they "sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint."

Aside from serving as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Rice has also served on the boards of Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab as well as Provost at Stanford University.

In anticipation of an IPO later this year, Dropbox also announced a few new business critical hires. Touted as Dropbox's first business executive since joining the company in 2010, Sujay Jaswa was promoted to chief financial officer.

Dennis Woodside, who was indirectly in the news earlier on Wednesday amid executive shuffles at his former home of Motorola Mobility, has finally officially been announced as Dropbox's new chief operating officer.

Following through on that global expansion plan (and the all-but-official Wall Street debut), Woodside will be responsible for leading global business operations including sales, marketing, partnerships, and user/people operations.

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