John Zissimos

Chief Digital Officer



John is the first Chief Digital Officer at Okta. He is responsible for the holistic creative, campaign, digital and brand strategy for the company globally.

Prior to joining Okta, John was the VP of Creative, Brand, Media and Customer Programs at Google leading the team responsible for building the Google Cloud business globally. Before joining Google, he spent over 7 years at Salesforce. Most recently he served as Chief Design Officer. As CDO, John reported directly to Marc Benioff and was responsible for aligning all global Salesforce stakeholders around a common approach to the customer through creative, design and story. He worked closely with Marc to lead and guide the Salesforce brand across marketing and advertising, product design, events, real estate and its philanthropic foundation,

Before being CDO, John served as the Chief Creative and Digital officer. John reinvented the Salesforce brand and story, inspired a data-driven, design-led culture and built a world-class, full-service, creative agency within Salesforce to inspire, innovate, and help drive the fastest-growing software company in the world from $1 Billion to $10 Billion in revenue.

Prior to joining Salesforce in 2010, John spent over two decades as an award-winning advertising and design executive, film director, and photographer. John began his career in advertising at TBWA Chiat/Day and has held top creative leadership positions at McCann Erickson and J. Walter Thompson.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from Temple University. He is on the board of directors of the Ad Council, the 3% Movement and the Digital Ascendant. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Pam, and daughters Alexandra, Ellie, and Katie.

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