Oracle CEO Blasts HP Board For Ousting Mark Hurd

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Of all those offering their take on Mark Hurd's bizarre, unexpected resignation as HP's CEO, Lawrence Ellison, CEO of database software company Oracle, might be the loudest yet. He thinks HP's board just made a very stupid decision.


In an email to the New York Times, Ellison wrote:

The H.P. board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago...that decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them.

In losing Mark Hurd, the H.P. board failed to act in the best interest of H.P.'s employees, shareholders, customers and partners...The H.P. board admits that it fully investigated the sexual harassment claims against Mark and found them to be utterly false.

Oracle and HP have been partners in the past, though they've been in close competition since Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. [NYT]

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Frankly, looking at a number of HP products that were released over the past few years and how their quality declined to "crap" level (i.e the HP Touchsmart, most of their printers, HP Slate, etc), if Hurd had anything to do with them, then I say good riddance. HP's lack of quality releases makes me fear for Palm's future as an absorbed company. If the crappiness is catching, we may see HP be on the chopping block soon too...