Salesforce has announced that Sanket Atal will join the company as senior vice president and managing director, Sites (India). Working out of Bengaluru, Atal will be instrumental in driving the next phase of growth for Salesforce in India, combining the best of design thinking and digital strategies to build breakthrough customer experiences and ways of working, with specific focus on operational execution.
Atal’s passion for innovation and wealth of experience in leading and growing global development centres, will play a significant role in accelerating the growth for Salesforce in India making it a global hub for talent and innovation. Atal will report to Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and chairperson, Salesforce India.
“Salesforce has built a phenomenal cloud ecosystem of partners and customers in India. I look forward to helping drive growth, innovation and customer success as well as delivering product innovation at a global scale,” said Atal. He is confident that his experience with the startup ecosystem will stand him in good stead as he gears up to “empower businesses of all sizes, particularly startups, to create future-ready solutions leveraging the Salesforce platform”.
Atal’s entry into the Company is happening at the appropriate time, with India being a strategic growth market for Salesforce and a world-class innovation and talent hub. “As we continue to grow and guide our customers through their digital transformation journey, Sanket’s appointment is a reflection of our commitment and continued investment in India. We welcome Sanket to Salesforce and look forward to driving even greater innovation and success in this market,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO and chairperson, Salesforce India.
India is home to the second highest Salesforce workforce outside of the US, with over 4000 employees across Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. Launched in 2016, the Salesforce Centre of Excellence (CoE) located in Hyderabad has been instrumental in fuelling innovation globally, building end-to-end solutions for customers including some of the latest industry clouds – consumer goods, manufacturing, financial services for insurance and hyperforce.