Ellison under fire

Ray Lane, ex-COO of Oracle, has attacked the leadership style of Larry Ellison. He says the company has become “highly dependent” on Ellison, after the departure of a number of experienced managers.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  June 30, 2002

Ray Lane, ex-COO of Oracle, has attacked the leadership style of Oracle boss, Larry Ellison. He says the company has become “highly dependent” on Ellison, after the departure of a number of experienced managers.

Ellison is well known in the IT world for his ego and domineering control of Oracle. This has seen a number of senior managers leave, including Jeremy Burton who recently left to become chief marketing officer at Veritas.

Lane left Oracle in 2000, as he believed he was being left out of too many important decisions. He suspects other senior figures are leaving for similar reasons and worries that Oracle now lacks the experience needed to run it properly.

Lane says that managers have been over-promoted and likens their inexperience to dot-com CEOs who found themselves leading a company without the right experience to do so.

Although Ellison is now running Oracle almost single-handedly, Lane told silicon.com that he was doing a good job.

“It is the kind of company that can run like that. But what happens when Larry goes off to do the America’s Cup? That’s when the politics start — how do you grow a company like that?” he asked.

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