Mark Hurd expected to join Oracle

Mark Hurd expected to join OracleCiting unidentified people, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mark Hurd, who recently stepped out as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is in talks with Oracle Corp to join as a “top executive.”

Larry Ellison, who is the only CEO of Oracle and friends with Hurd, wrote in a letter to the NY Times that the HP board failed to act in the best interest of employees, shareholders, partners, and customers of HP by asking Hurd to step down.


Larry Ellison, who founded Oracle and has been the company’s only CEO in the more than 30 years since then, won’t vacate his position, the newspaper reported. The exact nature of Hurd’s post couldn’t immediately be learned, the Journal said.

Hurd, 53, resigned from Hewlett-Packard in August following allegations of sexual harassment by a former marketing contractor. Ellison criticized the company’s board for letting Hurd go.

Oracle, based in Redwood City, California, is the world’s second-biggest software maker.

Val Russell, a UK-based spokeswoman for Oracle, said she couldn’t immediately comment on the report. Hurd ran Hewlett-Packard, the world’s biggest maker of personal computers and printers, for more than five years.

The ouster was termed by Ellison as the “worst personnel decision” since Steve Jobs was fired by Apple Inc. in 1985.

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