Oracle also announced that Charles Phillips has resigned as president and a member of the board. “When Charles approached me last December and expressed his desire to transition out of the company, I asked him to stay on through the Sun [Microsystems] integration, which has gone well. We will miss his talent and leadership, but I respect his decision,” Ellison said in a statement.
Ellison was a vocal defender of Hurd when he was forced out at HP last month after a sexual harassment investigation uncovered expense irregularities. “Mark did a brilliant job at HP, and I expect he’ll do even better at Oracle,” Ellison said in a statement. “There is no executive in the IT world with more relevant experience than Mark.”