Larry Ellison hires Mark Hurd as co-president of Oracle

Despite an impressive track record at Hewlett-Packard, I am not a big fan of former HP CEO Mark Hurd who was ousted from his position after an investigation by the company board into an inappropriate relationship with an independent contractor revealed fudged expense reports. Larry Ellison, CEO and founder of Oracle — and close friend of Mark Hurd — begs to differ, going so far is to say HP’s dismissal of Hurd was “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”

Although I tend to believe Mr. Ellison says some pretty controversial things, many with which I do not agree, I do admire that he took the initiative to hire a man whom he holds in such high professional esteem. At the very least, his actions are in line with his words — however off tangent they may seem to be.

Source: New York Times via Daring Fireball