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Mark Hurd, leader of Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, has died

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 18, 2019
Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has died. He was 62.
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Oracle Founder and Chairman Larry Ellison confirmed Hurd's death Friday. "Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague," Ellison said in a memo to Oracle employees that was posted on Mark Hurd's personal website.

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"Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle.

"All of us will miss Mark's keen mind and rare ability to analyze, simplify and solve problems quickly."

Hurd took a leave of absence from Oracle a month ago for unspecified medical reasons. At the time, he said in a message to employees: "I've decided that I need to spend time focused on my health." He had been a chief executive and board director at the company since 2014.

He served alongside Safra Catz, who also has the title of CEO.

Hurd's Oracle career started in 2010, one month after he resigned as Hewlett-Packard's CEO over sexual harassment allegations.

In 2010, Oracle boss Ellison slammed HP for letting go of Hurd, calling it "the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago." He then hired Hurd on as president, sharing the position with Safra Catz.

Hurd was born in 1957 in New York City, on the Upper East Side. He then moved to Miami for high school. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in marketing management in 1979 from Baylor University in Texas, where he played tennis and was president of a fraternity.

The tech boss began his career in 1980 at ATM company NCR as a junior salesman. He eventually worked his way up to become CEO in 2003. He became HP's CEO in 2005.