HP ex-CEO Mark Hurd Joins Oracle as Ellison’s Co-President

It was entirely predictable when Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, slammed the HP board of directors for forcing Mark Hurd’s resignation as HP CEO. And, it’s happened, pretty much on cue: Mark Hurd has joined Oracle and will be serving as “Co-President alongside Ellison. The New York Time has the story:

In naming Mark V. Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, as Oracle’s new co-president, Lawrence J. Ellison, Oracle’s chief executive and largest shareholder, has put his money where his controversial mouth is.

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Mark V. Hurd in Pasadena, Calif., in 2009.

Late on Monday, Oracle announced that Mr. Hurd had joined the company as a president and a director. Mr. Hurd resigned from H.P. one month ago, after an investigation by the board into a personal relationship with a contractor turned up questionable expense reports.

Mr. Ellison, a personal friend of Mr. Hurd’s, criticized H.P.’s board last month in an e-mail message to The New York Times, saying it was “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”

Now, Oracle intends to capitalize on H.P.’s mistake, Mr. Ellison said.

As always, I’ve wished Hurd nothing but the best, and bet that his style (which wasn’t terribly popular at HP) will go over well at Oracle. Ellison himself is a bit of a character, and Hurd should fit in well.

Of course, we’re still waiting to see who HP will appoint to replace Hurd. But in the meantime, again, the best to him as he begins another chapter of his career at Oracle.


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