Vivek Kundra, most famous for his appointment as the first U.S. chief information officer, is joining cloud-based CRM and social network provider Salesforce.com as executive vice president of emerging markets. The announcement came Monday during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Kundra left his federal post in August, 2011 for an academic fellowship at Harvard University. His role in the U.S. post was replaced months later by Steven VanRoekel. Kundra now teams with Salesforce's gregarious CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff, who says Kundra's "disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise." Kundra spoke at Salesforce's Dreamforce 2011 conference days after his departure from the federal government.

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