AS GENERAL COUNSEL OF SALESFORCE. COM (a San Francisco-based global cloud computing company) since 2013, Amy Weaver enjoys the eclecticism of the job.
“I have to do everything in the legal field and that
includes three things a day that I never saw coming,
everything from acquisitions to civil rights in Indiana
to European privacy matters.
“We were on the front lines working against legis-
lation in Indiana that we thought was discriminatory to
the LGBTQ community,” said Weaver. “Equality is one of
our core values at Salesforce; we were concerned about
that legislation because of the impact on our employ-
ees and customers, and couldn’t not get involved.”
Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was executive
vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc.,
where she was responsible globally for all legal and
corporate affairs, governance, corporate transactions,
compliance, litigation and employment law matters.
Before Univar, Weaver was senior vice president and
deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc.
Weaver was the first in her extended family of 14
lawyers to go in-house when she joined Expedia, Inc.,
a global travel brand, in 2005. “Expedia combined
technology and travel—two of my greatest interests. I
went in-house and never looked back.”
Mentoring and fostering diversity are import-
ant to Weaver. “I encourage young attorneys to look
outside their practice area, their background or their
gender in seeking mentors,” she said. “It’s important
they find confidence in expressing themselves their
own way, so that they can bring their own diversity
of thought to the job. I get concerned with mentor
programs that welcome diverse attorneys and then
push them to act the same. It’s not true diversity and
inclusion to say that in order to succeed you have to
model your behavior on everyone who came in front of
you. Trust your own gifts, skills and style.”
As an undergrad at Wellesley College, Weaver was
looking toward a legal career. She went on to earn a
JD from Harvard Law School. After law school, Weaver
practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at
Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she
served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong
Kong Legislative Council and as a clerk on the U.S.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“There must be a genetic component to the law.
Growing up outside of Seattle, surrounded by family
in the profession, I don’t remember ever not wanting
to be a lawyer,” she said. “There’s a dignity to the law. I
“My husband, who is not a lawyer, says my family
gatherings can be about as much fun as attending a
bar association meeting,” she adds.
As GC at Salesforce.com, Weaver is also a member
of the executive committee: “Our CEO expects everyone on the committee to understand the business and
corporate model, and to meet and talk to customers.
I’m always learning here and with constant innovation,
things are always changing.”
PATRICK FOLLIARD ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance writer
based in Silver Spring, Md.
Amy E. Weaver
Executive Vice President and