Salesforce President and Chief Customer Officer Anthony Fernicola ’78, ’82 (MBA) Receives De La Salle Medal

The dinner raised a record $2.6 million to support Manhattan College students.

Anthony Fernicola receives De La Salle Medal alongside Stephen Squeri, Brennan O'Donnell and Kenneth RathgeberAnthony Fernicola ’78, ’82 (MBA), president and chief customer officer at Salesforce, received the 2020 De La Salle Medal at Manhattan College’s annual De La Salle Medal Dinner on February 6.

A record-breaking $2.6 million in essential, unrestricted income was raised as a result of the event. Those funds are applied to a multitude of needs, particularly student scholarships and financial aid, making a Manhattan College education accessible for more students.

Fernicola has served as Salesforce’s president and chief customer officer since February 2016. Prior to that position, he was president of global enterprise sales. As president and chief customer officer, Fernicola brings the power of Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, to the world’s largest organizations. 

Before joining Salesforce, Fernicola served as senior vice president at Oracle, where he led the company’s North America Technology Organization. 

During his career at Oracle, Fernicola was widely recognized for leading key transformational initiatives for the company’s technology license business, engineered systems business and financial services business.

Fernicola received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics and an MBA from Manhattan College.

Established by Manhattan College in 1951 in honor of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers, the dinner is viewed by the College’s board of trustees as an opportunity to honor executives who exemplify the principles of excellence and corporate leadership.

By Pete McHugh