Oracle executive vice-president Keith Block has resigned, the company said today, confirming earlier reports he would depart after nearly three decades.
The company's shares dipped following the swirling rumours that Block would leave. Oracle said he will leave to "pursue other opportunities."
His sales unit accounts for around half of all Oracle's business, according to the latest figures from the company.
Despite his resignation, effective June 18, Block will help with the transition process in the database giant during the coming weeks and months. Some of his responsibilities were handed to other Oracle senior staff.
The sales executive made headlines following critical remarks to Oracle president Mark Hurd and its Sun Microsystems division in an internal instant messaging exchange that became public.
"Nobody talks about Sun. Even the Sun customers. It's dead dead dead," Block said in 2011.
He also likened Sun's hardware as a "pig in lipstick at best" following the disclosure of instant message communications during Oracle and HP's litigation warm-up match.
Oracle surprisingly reported better than expected fourth-quarter earnings early on Monday afternoon, bumping the announcement by a few days.
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