JP Rangaswami, the former chief scientist at BT, will take the same position at Salesforce.com.
Salesforce.com said 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.com garner a larger enterprise footprint. Rangaswami has been a chief information officer as well being a key player in startups. Rangaswami was behind the Ribbit effort at BT.
In a statement, Salesforce.com CEO 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."