Front Row, left to right: John Chambers, Halsey Minor (Accepted award for Marc Benioff), Craig Barrett, Scott Cook
Back Row, left to right: Laura Merling (SVForum Executive Director), Ann Winblad (introduced Scott Cook), Jerry Yang (introduced Craig Barrett) and Pete Solvik (introduced John Chambers)
On June 30 2004, SVForum’s Seventh Annual Visionary Awards celebration honored four silicon valley innovators who continue to shape the landscape of Silicon Valley through their vision, determination, and leadership. The recipients were Craig R. Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation; Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com; John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems; Scott D. Cook, Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit Inc. The awards were presented at the home of Heidi Roizen and David Mohler in Atherton, California.
2004 Visionary Award Winners
Craig R. Barrett
Craig R. Barrett received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science at Stanford. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Barrett was also a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965.
Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 as a Technology Development manager. He was named a vice president of the corporation in 1984, promoted to senior vice president in 1987, and executive vice president in 1990. Barrett was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors in 1992 and was named the company's Chief Operating Officer in 1993. He became Intel's fourth President in May 1997, and Chief Executive Officer in 1998.
Dr. Barrett is a member of the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation, the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Forest Foundation, Achieve, and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group. He was recently elected Chair of the National Academy of Engineering, where he will promote the Academy and its policies to the engineering community and the public. He is also Co-Chairman of the Business Coalition for Excellence in Education, and Chairman of the Computer Systems Policy Project.
Marc Benioff founded salesforce.com in March 1999 with a vision to create a Web-based software utility that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. He is now regarded as the leader of what he termed "The End Of Software," the idea that Web-based applications deliver immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs, in place of traditional software. Salesforce.com has become the global leader of this new industry, with over 9,500 customers and 140,000 subscribers worldwide.
Benioff, a 13-year veteran of Oracle Corporation, is recognized as one of the preeminent thinkers in information technology. He currently serves as co-chairman of the bipartisan President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Fortune Magazine called Benioff one of its Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch, and BusinessWeek named him one of the 25 people responsible for turning e-business around.
Throughout his career, Benioff has been determined to use information technology to produce positive social change. Pioneering the "one percent solution"–salesforce.com contributes one percent of profits, equity, and employee hours back to the communities it serves–Benioff has demonstrated the power and impact of integrated philanthropy. Most recently, Benioff co-authored Compassionate Capitalism, the first-ever best practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model.
John Chambers is President and CEO of Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking equipment for the Internet. Since January 1995, when he assumed this position, Chambers has grown the company from $1.2 billion in annual revenues to approximately $18.9 billion. In the last year alone, Cisco saved more than $2.1 billion due to productivity increases from Internet business solutions.
He is renowned worldwide for his visionary strategy, ability to drive an entrepreneurial culture, and his warm-hearted, straight-talking approach. Chambers is considered one of the most innovative and dynamic influential leaders in global business today.
He was appointed Vice Chairman of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) by President Bush in November 2002, and served in the President’s transition team as a member of the Education Committee in December 2000. He has also been recognized for his outstanding contribution in several areas by various industry institutions and publications including the IEEE; Total Telecom, Chief Executive, Investor Relations, and Barrons magazines, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Chambers holds a law degree and a degree in business from West Virginia University, and an MBA in finance and management from Indiana University.
Scott D. Cook
Scott Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the board. He is the driving force behind the Company’s strategy to revolutionize financial automation. Since the launch of Quicken, Cook has been instrumental in guiding Intuit into new businesses, such as small business accounting software, tax preparation software for home PCs, and Internet businesses, including Quicken.com.
Before founding Intuit, Cook managed consulting assignments in banking and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. Prior to Bain, he worked for Procter & Gamble, the household-products giant, in various marketing positions, including brand manager, for four years.
Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. In addition to his responsibilities at Intuit, Cook is a member of the board of directors of Amazon.com, the Internet-based book retailer; eBay, the world’s leading personal trading community; The Asia Foundation; Procter & Gamble and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a network that connects them to exchange ideas, pursue learning, and share strategies to achieve personal and professional growth.