Editor's note: This story was part of TheStreet's 10-part Top Business Leaders of Tomorrow series.
SAN FRANCISCO ( TheStreet) -- The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression opened doors for savvy executives with ideas that help businesses grow. Few took advantage of that opportunity more than the leaders of cloud-computing pioneer Salesforce.com (CRM).
"We're in the right place at the right time," said George Hu, Salesforce's executive vice president of marketing and alliances. He oversees the company's marketing and recently became the head of its Force.com application-development product. "There's no better place to be right now."
Salesforce started out as a product for managing sales and customers, but has quickly become a leader in cloud computing, services that enable companies to store information online. In recent years, the company has set itself apart from larger competitors by adding social-networking tools and services that help people build applications for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and other smartphones.
|George Hu, Salesforce's executive vice president of marketing and alliances.|