A Long Climb to Salesforce.com

Onetime PacTel linewoman Patricia Sueltz has sure had different path to her job as president of the Web-based software company

Patricia Sueltz likes to say that she has been "levitating" with excitement since taking over as president of upstart Salesforce.com two months ago. It makes poetic sense, considering that she quite literally started her professional career in the air as a line forewoman for the old Pacific Telephone Co. "I still have my climbing hooks," Sueltz says proudly.

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