Salesforce appoints JP Rangaswami chief scientist

The former chief scientist at BT has been given the same role at Salesforce, where he will focus on the European market

JP Rangaswami, the former chief scientist at BT, is moving to to take up the same position.

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JP Rangaswami will take up a new job as chief scientist at Salesforce. Photo credit: Dan Farber/CNET News

Salesforce said on Wednesday that Rangaswami will contribute to the company's product strategy and be an evangelist for cloud computing around the globe. Rangaswami will focus on European customers and preaching real-time collaboration.

Rangaswami is a veteran of multinational companies and his experience at BT should help Salesforce garner a larger enterprise footprint. Rangaswami has been a chief information officer as well being a key player in start-ups, and he was involved in BT's purchase of internet-telephony company Ribbit.

In a statement, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff said Rangaswami has "the rare talent of being able to see what the future should be, knowing what it takes to get there and the enthusiasm to make it happen".

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