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AVANT Communications (“AVANT”), a platform for technology decision-making and enabler of Trusted Advisors, announces Mark Hawkins, president and CFO, Salesforce as one of several major speakers at the upcoming AVANT Virtual Special Forces Summit, taking place online Oct 7th and 8thAdditional major keynote speakers will be announced over the next several days. Trusted Advisors can register for the event at: http://goAVANT.net/Virtual  

Mark Hawkins is the President and CFO of Salesforceresponsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and is a member of the company’s executive committee reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.  Hawkins has more than 30 years of experience with leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Autodesk, Logitech, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard.  Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors for Plex Systems, Secureworks, The Ocean Cleanup, and Toast. He sits on the NYSE Listed Company Advisory Board and is a founding member of the USA Chapter of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project CFO Leadership Network. Hawkins also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Financial Systems Stability Initiative and has hosted the Davos WEF CFO Forum from 2015 to present. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. 

“AVANT has the greatest respect for Salesforce, both as the pioneer in the SaaS industry and as the platform upon which AVANT’s Pathfinder app is built, enabling Trusted Advisors to support technology decision making with their customers.  said Ian Kieninger, CEO and co-founder of AVANT. “Some have called Mark Hawkins among the top CFO in the world, as he has helped guide salesforce’s financial success, resulting in recently becoming the #2 technology company in the DOW.  We are truly honored to have Mark join us and share his insights into the SaaS industry and the market landscape ahead. ”

AVANT’s Special Forces Summit is a two-day Trusted Advisor enablement event, bringing the channel partner community together with thought leaders and key vendors of today’s leading technology solutions. It is the industry’s premier conference dedicated to technology decision strategies, tactics, and tools that enable partners to transform their business to that of a true Trusted Advisor. 

Members of the media who wish to request a press pass to attend Special Forces Summit should email AVANTPR@walkersands.com.

About AVANT Communications

AVANT is a platform for Technology decision-making and the nation’s premier distributor for next generation technologies. AVANT adds unique value with its focus and expertise in channel sales and Trusted Advisor assistance, training, guidance, and tools to fuel customer digital transformation. From complex cloud designs to global wide-area network deployments, AVANT sets the industry standard in enabling its partners and clients to make intelligent decisions about services, technology and cost-effective communications. For more information, visit www.goavant.net, or connect on Linkedin goavant.net/linkedin and Twitter goavant.net/twitter.