- Mark Hurd, the CEO of Oracle, has died at age 62.
- Hurd recently went on medical leave, saying he needed “time focused on my health.”
- “Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague. Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle,” Larry Ellison wrote in an email to employees on Friday.
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Mark Hurd, the CEO of Oracle, has died at age 62.
The news was first emailed to Oracle employees on Friday and then shared in an announcement on Hurd’s personal website written by Larry Ellison, Oracle’s cofounder and chief technology officer. The email to Oracle employees was identical to the message Ellison wrote on Hurd’s website.
Hurd recently went on medical leave, saying he needed “time focused on my health.”
“It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that I tell everyone here at Oracle that Mark Hurd passed away early this morning,” Ellison wrote. “Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague. Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle.”
Hurd, who had also served as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, joined Oracle in 2010, when he became a co-president with Safra Catz. They were promoted to co-CEOs in 2014, when Ellison stepped down as chief executive and instead took the title of chief technology officer.
Hurd played a critical role in Oracle’s growth over the past 10 years. He was also instrumental in Oracle’s bid to establish a stronger presence in the cloud, where it is battling it out with rivals led by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.
Hurd became a prominent figure in Silicon Valley when he was tapped by Hewlett-Packard to be its CEO after the departure of Carly Fiorina. But his tenure ended amid allegations of sexual harassment. The HP board subsequently concluded that Hurd did not violate its sexual-harassment policy, though it did find irregularities in his expense-account reporting.
“All of us will miss Mark’s keen mind and rare ability to analyse, simplify and solve problems quickly,” Ellison wrote. “Some of us will miss his friendship and mentorship. I will miss his kindness and sense of humour.”
He added: “I know that many of us are inconsolable right now, but we are left with memories and a sense of gratitude…that we had the opportunity to get know Mark, the opportunity to work with him…and become his friend.”
Hurd is survived by his wife, Paula, and two daughters.