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Salesforce’s UK chief departs after seven months

Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia has stepped down as chief executive of Salesforce UK and Ireland just seven months after taking on the role.

Previously the CEO of Virgin Money, Gadhia has said the move will allow her to spend more time on her Salesforce-backed startup, Snoop. The company, which launched last month, runs on Salesforce’s development platform, providing personalised advice to UK consumers.

Gadhia’s exit comes after the former BT executive Gavin Patterson was promoted from his role as Salesforce International’s chair to chief executive in February, as Salesforce’s co-CEO Keith Block unexpectedly stepped down.

Gadhia will remain a strategic advisor to Salesforce, while Paul Smith, executive vice president and general manager for UK and Ireland, takes on responsibility for the region. Smith will report to Patterson.

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Commenting on Gadhia’s move, Salesforce chief executive Mark Benioff (pictured) said: “I would like to thank Jayne-Anne for her vision and passion in leading Salesforce UK and Ireland. We look forward to continuing to work with her in her role as a strategic advisor to Salesforce and wish Snoop enormous success.”

Gadhia added: “Working with both Marc Benioff and Richard Branson has taught me that there’s nothing like running your own business. Snoop launched last month and has exceeded our highest expectations in all respects. As a result I am delighted to be able to focus my efforts on making Snoop an enormous success and on making all of our customers better off.”