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Appoints Former CEO of Great Plains Software, Doug Burgum, and Former CFO of Macromedia, Betsey Nelson, to Board of Directors; Over Last 12 Months Adds GM SMB and CMO, CFO, VP Global Enterprise Sales and VP Global Customer Success

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 4, 2007 – SuccessFactors, Inc., the leading global provider of on-demand performance and talent management solutions, today announced the appointment of Doug Burgum and Betsey Nelson to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Over the past 12 months, the company has expanded its management team with the additions of Paul Albright, general manager for SMB and chief marketing officer; Bruce Felt, chief financial officer; Jay Larson, vice president of Global Enterprise Sales; and Patrick Saeger, vice president of Customer Success.

SuccessFactors Adds to Board of Directors

From April 2001 to Aug. 2007, Doug Burgum served as a senior vice president at Microsoft, where he led the global Microsoft Business Solutions Group (MBS), which provides financial, customer relationship and supply chain management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, larger enterprises and divisions of global enterprises. Before joining Microsoft, Burgum was CEO and chairman of Great Plains Software Inc., a publicly-traded small and mid-market software company that Microsoft acquired in April 2001. Burgum had served in key roles at Great Plains since joining the company in 1983. From 1980 to 1983, Burgum was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in its Chicago office. In July 2002, Burgum led Microsoft’s acquisition of Navision A/S, a European-based mid-market software company. The two companies combined to create Microsoft Business Solutions.

Burgum holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and serves on the school’s advisory board, and also holds a bachelors degree from North Dakota State University.

“SuccessFactors is tackling one of the great problems any business faces around the globe today – helping your most important asset, your people, to fully realize their capabilities and potential,” said Burgum. “Given the broad customer base, in large, medium and small business across the world, you can see the great value that SuccessFactors’ solutions are delivering today in addressing this universal need.”

Betsey Nelson served as executive vice president, CFO and member of the Board of Directors of Macromedia until its acquisition by Adobe for $3.4 billion in December 2005. Nelson joined Macromedia in 1996 to lead mergers and acquisitions and became the company's chief financial officer in 1997, where she was responsible for all operational and administrative functions, including business development, customer care, finance, investor relations, information technology, legal, operations and real estate. Prior to Macromedia, Nelson spent eight years at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of positions in finance and corporate development.

Nelson holds an MBA in finance with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in foreign service from Georgetown University. She currently serves on three boards including CNET.

“I've been a fan of SuccessFactors since we implemented the software at Macromedia three-and-a-half years ago. SuccessFactors helped us drive strategic alignment throughout the company, and best of all, it was up and running on 1,500 desktops in a matter of weeks, not years. I look forward to working with the team at SuccessFactors to bring this service to every company, large or small, where people and results matter,” Nelson said.

Lars Dalgaard, CEO of SuccessFactors, said, “We are extremely fortunate to add board members with the character, experience, accomplishment and judgment that Betsey and Doug will bring to SuccessFactors. Both have been involved in building extremely successful technology companies over many years in key leadership roles. Together, they bring experience across a wide range of markets, global and domestic, and across customer organizations ranging from the largest enterprises and global organizations, to small and medium-sized businesses.

“The broad and deep background is unusually relevant, with SuccessFactors’ broad base of large enterprise and global customers, and small and medium-sized businesses. We are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance at SuccessFactors, and I welcome the wisdom that Doug and Betsey will bring to our board in guiding us on our growth path.”

SuccessFactors Expands Executive Management Team

Over the last 12 months, SuccessFactors also has expanded and upgraded its leadership team with the addition of four experienced executives:

•Paul Albright joined as the GM for SMB, chief marketing officer and head of Alliances and Business Development. Before joining SuccessFactors, Albright served as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Network Appliance as the company grew from $1 billion to $3 billion. Paul previously held executive positions with Informatica, Sybase, Tandem Computers and Unisys, and from 1998-2002 served as president and chief executive officer at Seecommerce. Albright holds a BS in CS and BA in management from James Madison University.

•Bruce Felt joined as the company’s CFO in October 2006. Prior to joining SuccessFactors, Felt served as CFO at LANDesk Software, which was acquired by Avocent on Aug. 31, 2006, for $416 million. From 1999 to February 2005, Felt was the CFO of Integral Software. Early in his career, Felt was at Deloitte & Touche. Felt holds a BA from the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors from the MBA program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He is a certified public accountant.

•Jay Larson joined SuccessFactors as vice president of Global Enterprise Sales in September 2007 after seven years at Mercury Interactive, first with North American and then with global sales responsibility. The company grew from $360 million to $1 billion under his sales leadership, and his team was 1,100 people globally. Larson previously served in executive-level sales roles at Network Associates, Siebel Systems and Oracle, where he had a consistent record of over-achievement on team building and sales goals. Larson holds a BA in economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from UCLA.

•Patrick Saeger joined SuccessFactors in September 2007 as vice president of Global Customer Success. Saeger led and grew the customer support business at Mercury Interactive from its inception, through periods of hyper growth – 170 employees to over 3,500 worldwide and $35 million to $1 billion in revenues over a 12-year period, which played a strategic role in the company’s customer product utilization, success and renewals. He led an innovative, awarding-winning team, and the company was inducted into the Service and Support Professionals Association Hall of Fame as the company received its fifth-consecutive SSPA STAR Award for Outstanding Customer Support. Saeger holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.

Commenting on the additions to SuccessFactors’ executive team, Dalgaard said: “In the past two years, through extremely careful reference and background checking, screening and interviewing, our employment has grown from 200 to more than 700 people around the world. They are highly-capable, highly-dedicated people who are passionate about people performance and treat each other, our customers and partners with respect. We are continually alert, open and responsive to being able to add executive talent, especially when we can attract people like Patrick, Jay, Bruce and Paul who bring the experience to enable us to grow comfortably through the next phases of our growth. We are especially pleased to be able to attract leaders from some of the finest companies in the software industry, as measured by growth, market leadership and a commitment to customer success. This is what we are committed to at SuccessFactors and these executives will help ensure our ability to deliver.”

About SuccessFactors

SuccessFactors is the leading provider of on-demand employee performance and talent management solutions that enable organizations of every size, across every industry and geography, to realize their employees' potential and thus drive business results. Its hosted service is organically built from the ground up - providing a fully integrated, modular suite of performance and talent management applications that provide customers with immediate process benefits and tangible return on investment. Fueled by customer success, SuccessFactors currently has more than 1,400 customers across over 60 industries, with more than 2 million end users in over 150 countries using the application in 18 languages. The company currently employs more than 700 people worldwide, all passionately focused on delighting customers through prompt and effective execution and constant improvement driven by customer feedback. SuccessFactors' customers include Kimberly-Clark Corporation, MasterCard Worldwide, Textron, Sutter Healthcare, Direct Energy, Quintiles Transnational, Volkswagen of North America, Lancaster General Hospital, McDermott International, Inc. and Founded in 2001, SuccessFactors has multiple offices worldwide collaborating for strong local support and measurable success of customers.


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