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Ex-HP CEO considers Oracle future

Disgraced ex-CEO of HP, Mark Hurd is being considered for the top job at Oracle under Larry Ellison, according to a recent newspaper report.

Mark Hurd is being linked with a possible move to Oracle.
Mark Hurd is being linked with a possible move to Oracle.

The disgraced ex-chief executive of HP has been linked with a possible move to server rival Oracle, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The paper quoted sources "close to the matter" as being confident that he would find a home in Oracle as a "top executive" - but not the coveted CEO spot, which would remain firmly in the hands of the firm's founder, Larry Ellison.

Ellison is known to play tennis with Hurd on occasion and came out strongly in defence of his sporting partner during the latter's legal troubles. At the height of the Jodie Fisher allegations and three days after Hurd had stepped down, Ellison wrote a vitriolic letter to the New York Times, suggesting that the HP board was remiss in letting the exec go, comparing it to Apple's famously misguided ousting of Steve Jobs in the late ‘80s.

"The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago," Ellison wrote in August. "That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them,

Prior to his resignation, Hurd was renowned as one of the most successful executives in Silicon Valley history, building HP into a multibillion titan of the industry that straddled infrastructure, networking and software. The Journal's source cautioned that Hurd's new position as Oracle No.2 was far from certain and may yet fall through.

Hurd received a severance package from HP of $28 million, including cash and stock options.