Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield to leave Salesforce in January
SAN FRANCISCO — Stewart Butterfield, chief executive of Slack, a workplace communications platform owned by Salesforce, said Monday he would step down in January.
Butterfield, who helped found Slack, announced his departure less than a week after Salesforce co-chief executive Bret Taylor stepped down. Mr. Taylor, who is also leaving the company in January, helped engineer the deal to buy Slack for $27.7 billion in 2020.
Marc Benioff, one of the founders of Salesforce, will remain as the company’s chief executive. Lidiane Jones, head of cloud at Salesforce, will succeed Mr. Butterfield as general manager of Slack. Slack Chief Product Officer Tamar Yehoshua will be leaving Salesforce.
“Stewart is an incredible leader who has built an incredible and beloved business in Slack. He helped lead the successful integration of Slack into Salesforce,” a Salesforce spokeswoman said in a statement.
Mr. Butterfield’s departure was reported earlier by Insider.
Slack, which was founded in 2010, grew rapidly and went public in 2019. Companies use Slack so workers can communicate with each other quickly and often in groups. Its purchase by Salesforce underscored how the coronavirus pandemic had cemented remote working and fundamentally changed the workplace.
The Slack acquisition cost nearly double Salesforce’s next biggest acquisition. In 2019, Salesforce acquired data visualization software company Tableau for $15.3 billion. Tableau CEO Mark Nelson resigned from Salesforce last Thursday.
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