Oracle's Hurd for Phillips swap: What's the customer relations impact?

Summary:Oracle has a new customer relations front man: Former HP CEO Mark Hurd. Oracle’s move to name former Hurd as co-president is going to be interesting to watch from a customer relations perspective. Why? Hurd’s arrival coincides with the departure of Charles Phillips.

Oracle has a new customer relations front man: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd. Oracle’s move to name former Hurd as co-president is going to be interesting to watch from a customer relations perspective. Why? Hurd’s arrival coincides with the departure of Charles Phillips.

The word that Hurd will land at Oracle is now official. Weekend reports were indicating that Hurd would land at Oracle in a move that was semi-obvious. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in a statement:

Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect 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.

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Topics: IT Employment, CXO

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