- Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff’s casual approach to board meetings scandalized some of Cisco’s board members, according to Bloomberg.
- Benioff, who sat on Cisco’s board from 2012 to 2014, would reportedly sometimes video-conference into Cisco board meetings from Hawaii.
- Through the video screen, Cisco’s other board members could see Benioff exercising on an elliptical in a tanktop, according to the report.
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It’s a well known stereotype of Silicon Valley that founders rarely deviate from their uniform of jeans and a t-shirt.
Leave it to Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff to take it a step further.
Benioff, who served on Cisco’s board from 2012 to 2014, would sometimes video-conference into Cisco meetings from Hawaii while exercising in a tanktop on an elliptical, Bloomberg’s Nico Grant reported on Thursday.
That behavior scandalized some of the board’s other members, according to the report. Ultimately, Benioff didn’t stand for relection after serving a single term on Cisco’s board.
While his tenure at Cisco ended swiftly, Benioff’s love for Hawaii lives on.
On Thursday morning, the San Francisco billionaire and island enthusiast shared photos of himself with the staff of Hawaii’s Bishop Museum, along with a carving that Benioff donated to the museum after buying it at auction for $7.5 million.
The piece is supposed to be a rare carving of the Hawaiian war god Ku. However, its authenticity has since been called into question with some experts suggesting that its true value is closer to $5,000.
Salesforce or Cisco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Thank you @bishopmuseum for receiving & now displaying the image of Kūkaʻilimoku for all Hawaiians to enjoy. When Danny Akaka Jr. first told me @ChristiesInc was auctioning this it was our thought it must be in Hawaii’s own museum & not a living room. Mahalo Danny Malama Ki’i! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gcyhsqt2z9
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) May 23, 2019