Dr. Steve Garnett

Non-Executive Director and Board Member

Dr. Steve Garnett

Steve Garnett has had one of the most distinguished careers of any European executive in the software industry. He has been a member of the executive management team of three software startups that have each turned into some of the most successful software companies in history.

Steve started his career joining Oracle Corporation prior to its IPO in 1986 and held various technical and sales positions including Director of UK Sales, Vice President European Marketing & Alliances and was the youngest member of the European management team. He was at Oracle Corporation for 12 years as the company grew to become the world’s 2nd largest software company.

Steve joined Siebel Systems in 1996 as Vice President of Europe and a member of the founder’s circle. From 100 employees, the company grew in eight years to become the world’s 5th largest software company with 8,000 employees and a $60b market capitalization at its peak.

In 2003 Steve joined his former Oracle executive colleague Marc Benioff to head Europe operations and be part of the executive team at Salesforce.com and he helped take Salesforce.com public in 2004. Consistently recognised by Forbes as the world’s most innovative company, Salesforce.com is also the fastest growing Enterprise Software company ever, with a market valuation of over $100b. Steve retired from his position as Chairman EMEA at Salesforce.com in January 2016. A Daily Telegraph survey named him one of the 50 most influential Britons in technology.

Steve was Chairman and lead investor in Fairsail, a cloud software HCM company, which was sold to the Sage Group in March 2017. He now manages his own portfolio of investments in a variety of high growth software and service companies.

Throughout his career, Steve has been committed to using his resources to produce positive social change for underserved children and he is a supporter of the Royal Foundation.

Steve has a degree in mathematics, a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester and holds a number of professional affiliations and board positions. In July 2018, he was awarded a
Fellowship of Liverpool John Mores University for outstanding contributions to Information Technology.