John Zissimos is the first Chief Design Officer of Salesforce. As CDO, John reports directly to Marc Benioff and is responsible for aligning all Salesforce stakeholders globally around a common approach to the customer through creative, design and story. In this role, he works closely with Marc to lead and guide the Salesforce brand across marketing and advertising, product design, events, real estate and our philanthropic foundation, salesforce.org.
Before being CDO, John served as the Chief Creative and Digital officer. Over the past 7 years, John has reinvented the Salesforce brand and story, inspired a data-driven, design-led culture to accelerate digital transformation, and built a world-class, full-service, creative agency within Salesforce to rapidly innovate, and help drive the fastest-growing software company in the world from $1 Billion to $10 Billion in revenue.
Prior to joining Salesforce in 2010, John spent over two decades as an award-winning advertising and design executive, film director, and photographer. John began his career in advertising at Chiat/Day and has held top creative leadership positions at McCann Erickson and J. Walter Thompson.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from Temple University. He is on the board of directors of the Ad Council and the Digital Ascendant. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild an AFTRA. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Pam, and daughters Alexandra, Ellie, and Katie.