Mark Hurd may take job at Oracle, report says

The former HP boss is said to be in talks over a top executive position

When Mark Hurd resigned unexpectedly from Hewlett-Packard last month he found an outspoken supporter in the form of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. It appears now that Hurd may end up working for Ellison, according to a report Saturday in the Wall Street Journal.

Hurd is in talks with Oracle to take a top executive position at the company, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. It wasn't clear what job he might take but it would not be that of the CEO, since Ellison does not plan to leave that position, the report said.

Such a move could make sense for Oracle, which acquired Sun Microsystems earlier this year and has battled to return its hardware division to a profit. Hurd was known for making HP leaner and more efficient and its profits increased sharply under his watch.

The Journal cautioned that the talks with Hurd could fall through and that it's possible no agreement will be reached.

Oracle could not be reached for comment on Sunday and a spokesman for Hurd said he declined to comment.

Hurd resigned suddenly from HP on Aug. 6 following a complaint of sexual harassment by an outside contractor. An investigation found no violation of its harassment policy but faulted Hurd for failing to disclose a relationship with the contractor and for falsified expense reports.

Soon after the resignation, Ellison blasted HP's board for what he called "cowardly corporate political correctness." In an e-mail to the New York Times, he said HP had made "the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago."

The reports about Hurd and Oracle follow speculation last week that one of Oracle's co-presidents, Charles Phillips, could be close to leaving the company. Financial analyst firm Wedge Partners learned that Phillips was no longer running Oracle's global product groups and said it was a sign his tenure there could be coming to an end.

Oracle confirmed the change in Phillip's duties but said there was no truth to the report that he may be leaving the company.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuespersonneldatabasesapplicationsservershardware systemssoftwareHewlett-PackardOracle

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?