Mark Hurd, Oracle’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) passed away on Friday, 18th October. The 62-year-old had been on leave from the company from September on medical grounds that were not publicly disclosed. The cause of his death has also not been revealed to the public.
In a statement that was sent as a condolence message, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chairman and founder said, “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.
All of us will miss Mark's keen mind and rare ability to analyse, simplify and solve problems quickly”. Hurd joined Oracle in 2010 right after after exiting rival tech-giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) under the cloud of allegations of sexual impropriety in the work place in the same year.
The allegations did not stick but the company stated that Hurd had not complied with its business conduct standards. Ellison had called out HP for their decision and had equated it with Apple ousting Steve Jobs from its board.
At the time of joining Oracle, Hurd was appointed as the company’s co-president sharing the position with Safra Catz. Four years later, in 2014, when Ellison stepped down as Oracle’s CEO, he appointed Hurd and Catz as the co-chief executives.