Parker Harris is a co-founder and the former chief technology officer of Salesforce, the world’s leading customer relationship management software company. He oversees all software development and drives technology and vision for the company. He also sits on the company’s board of directors.
Harris, along with Marc Benioff, Frank Dominguez, and Dave Moellenhoff, started the company in 1999. He has served in senior technical positions since then.
Benioff was the one who approached Harris with the idea to build the CRM company. While Benioff remains the most well-known executive at the company, Harris is responsible for masterminding the product and engineering that has made Salesforce a success.
And though he’s fluent in French, an avid reader, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College, Harris has long been passionate about computer programming.
He began coding in eighth grade when his grandfather bought him one of the brand new Apple II computers. His first job out of college was in Canada, building customized accounting software in French. From there, he moved to San Francisco where he would eventually find his way to Benioff.
Prior to Salesforce, he co-founded Left Coast Software in 1996, where he gained expertise in cloud computing. He also worked at Metropolis Software (later acquired by Clarify) where he gained experience in field salesforce automation.
Within the last three months, Parker Harris has sold $948,064.00 of salesforce.com stock. Most recently, Parker Harris sold 4,300 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $220.48, for a transaction totalling $948,064.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 70,634 shares of the company's stock, valued at $15,573,384.32.