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Obit Long-time Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd died this morning. He was 62.
Oracle chairman and personal friend Larry Ellison broke the news with an open letter on Hurd's personal webpage.
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"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. Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague," Ellison wrote. "Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle."
Hurd will be remembered for helping HP and Oracle pivot their business models in the face of shifting demands and delivery models. First, as HP slimmed down its operations in the early 2000s, and later as Oracle shifted from a focus on on-premises technology to cloud-deployed services in this decade.
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After graduating from Baylor University in Texas in 1979, Hurd got his professional start at point-of-sale equipment specialist NCR in the early 1980s. Over 25 years he worked his way up through sales and management positions to eventually become the company's CEO in 2005.
His first run at chief executive was both successful and short-lived. In that same year, HP was sufficiently impressed with Hurd to name him the successor to Carly Fiorina as CEO of the iconic American computing brand.
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"I have seen a lot of stuff in my career," Hurd said of the surveillance scandal. "I think I have probably never seen anything like this. I am in charge of the company. I am responsible for HP. Responsibility goes across the entire company including myself."
Besides the apparent snooping, HP saw its bottom line improve under Hurd as a series of cuts forced the IT giant to focus its operations around PCs, servers, and printing while developing more cloud services. As a result, HP grew...
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