salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) appointed retired four-star Army general and former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell as a member of its board of directors.

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During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Gen. Powell served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as National Security Adviser. He is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Bryers, a venture capital firm and he is also a member of the board of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Powell inspires Benioff

Gen. Powell’s appointment increases the size of the board of salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) to 11 members.  According to CEO Mark Benioff, the general has been involved in the company’s philanthropic foundation for a number of years now.

“Gen. Powell is an extraordinary leader who has inspired and influenced me during more than 15 years of friendship,” said Benioff.

Gen. Powell said, “In addition to being on the forefront of innovation, Salesforce.com has been a remarkable leader, and has inspired many other companies, as it has made philanthropy a central part of its value system.”

salesforce Expansion in Europe

Early this month, salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) announced its plan to increase its commitment in Europe with new strategic investments. The company reported that its fiscal year 2014 revenue growth in the region was 41%.

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) said it will add 500 new jobs as a result of its significant revenue growth and customer momentum in the region during its fiscal year 2015. The company intends to open a new data center in the United Kingdom in August this year and in Germany and France in 2015

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) said it continues to receive demands from different companies including Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) (ETR:BMW), Pernod Ricard SA (EPA:RI), and Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ETR:AFX) to transform their businesses using Salesforce1, a customer platform for internet customers.

Miguel Milano, president, EMEA at salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) said, “Cloud computing is at the heart of growth and innovation in Europe, which is why salesforce.com delivered full fiscal year 2014 revenue growth of 41 percent in Europe. Our tremendous growth and customer momentum is why salesforce.com is significantly increasing its investment in Europe …”

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) is the largest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software worldwide.