The winer and diner of former soft porn stars, Mark Hurd is Oracle’s new president, reporting directly to his chum Larry Ellison.
Hurd, who also joins Oracle’s board of directors, reportedly replaces co-president Charles Phillips, who has had enough and is leaving.
While he was fired from HP for performing a violin solo on his expenses forms to cover taking a former soft porn star out to dinner, it looks like the only person who will be in charge of Hurd now is Larry.
Ellison sharply criticised HP’s board of directors for ousting Hurd and they are mates.
In a press release he said that Mark did “a brilliant job” at HP and he expected he’ll do even better at Oracle.
“There is no executive in the IT world with more relevant experience than Mark. Oracle’s future is engineering complete and integrated hardware and software systems for the enterprise. Mark pioneered the integration of hardware with software when Teradata was a part of NCR.”
Hurd said that Oracle’s strategy of combining software with hardware will enable Oracle to beat IBM in both enterprise servers and storage,” Hurd is quoted as saying. After all the idea of putting software on a computer has never been thought of before.
Just to show he was familiar with his brief, Hurd said that Exadata is just the beginning. We have some exciting new systems we are going to announce later this month at Oracle OpenWorld. “I’m excited to be a part of the most innovative technology team in the IT industry.”
So far, though, Oracle has been a bit quiet about what Hurd is going to do. In fact some analysts have suggested that maybe Ellison is thinking about a buy out of HP and wants to put Hurd back in place.