Vala Afshar is the Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce.com. Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme Networks and CMO & Chief Customer Officer at Enterasys Networks. He is a weekly columnist for the Huffington Post, having written 250+ articles, and is the author of “Pursuit of Social Business Excellence”—about CRM deployment in the enterprise. Vala is the co-host of a weekly thought leadership show called DisrupTV with Ray Wang, where he interviews Fortune 1000 CXOs, startup founders, venture capitalists, tech and media analysts, and more.
According to Forbes in 2017, Vala is the most influential business leader for CIOs and CMOs on Twitter, approaching 200,000 followers and producing nearly two million impressions per day. He is also a 2017 US Patent recipient for a social Internet of Things communication platform in customer service.