Slack will announce a new CEO next week as its current one departs for Bumble, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says in a leaked message

  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced Monday that the company would appoint a new Slack CEO.
  • Lidiane Jones, Slack’s current CEO, is leaving the company at the end of the year.
  • Jones joined Slack in January and will soon become CEO of Bumble.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wrote to the entire company in a post on the workplace-communications app, which Insider viewed, that a new CEO for Slack will be named next Monday.

Lidiane Jones, the current CEO of Slack, is set to leave at the end of the year to lead the dating app Bumble.

“Lidiane, this a hugely-deserved achievement for you one of our most incredible executives,” Benioff wrote in an email. “While we will all of course miss you greatly (especially me), I recognize what an amazing opportunity this is for you becoming a public company CEO.”

Jones has only been in her current position for a little over a year. In January, she took over as CEO from Slack cofounder Stewart Butterfield, who announced his departure less than two years after the company was acquired by Salesforce for more than $27 billion.

The acquisition of Slack has been criticized. Earlier this year, a group of powerful activist investors, including Elliott Management and Starboard Value, pressed Salesforce to significantly reduce costs and increase profit margins.

Salesforce has laid off 10% of its global workforce in the last year, reduced its real-estate portfolio, and disbanded its mergers and acquisitions committee.

Jones was an executive vice president and general manager at Salesforce before succeeding Butterfield.

She has been with Salesforce for over four years. She spent a decade in product management and software engineering at Microsoft before moving on to lead software product management at Sonos, a wireless speaker company.

Jones will begin working at Bumble on January 2.

A Salesforce representative declined to comment.

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