Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd died Friday aged 62. He had been on medical leave since September 11 for unspecified reasons.
Hurd spent five years as an Oracle CEO, overseeing the company’s shift to cloud and a 37 per cent improvement in Oracle’s share price. He had previously led Hewlett-Packard and NCR.
Oracle chairman Larry Ellison informed employees of Hurd’s death in an email.
“Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle,” Ellison wrote.
“All of us will miss Mark’s keen mind and rare ability to analyze, simplify, and solve problems quickly. Some of us will miss his friendship and mentorship. I will miss his kindness and sense of humor.”
Executives from fellow technology firms paid tribute to Hurd. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said he was saddened by the news.
“He was always very kind to me & I always enjoyed seeing him at the Warriors at Oracle Arena,” Benioff, a former Oracle employee before founding Salesforce, tweeted.
“All of my thoughts & prayers are with his family & employees of Oracle. May the One who brings peace bring peace to All.”
I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Mark Hurd ceo of Oracle. He was always very kind to me & I always enjoyed seeing him at the Warriors at Oracle Arena. All of my thoughts & prayers are with his family & employees of Oracle. May the One who brings peace bring peace to All. ❤️
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) October 18, 2019
Bill McDermott, who last week stepped down as SAP CEO, also took to Twitter to mourn Hurd.
“Saddened by the loss of Mark Hurd,” McDermott tweeted. “He was a self-made success in the industry & presided over mega accomplishments. While we competed vigorously in the market, we enjoyed professional respect.”
Saddened by the loss of Mark Hurd. He was a self-made success in the industry & presided over mega accomplishments. While we competed vigorously in the market, we enjoyed professional respect. My heartfelt prayers are with Mark’s family on this solemn day.
— Bill McDermott (@BillRMcDermott) October 18, 2019
Hurd helped turnaround both NCR and HP as a CEO, often in ruthless cost cutting fashion. Hurd was pushed out of HP in 2010 amid claims of misconduct with a female contractor. Hurd was cleared of sexual harassment but was found to have breached company standards.
Hurd arrived joined Oracle in 2010 as co-president and became CEO in 2014 where he oversaw Oracle’s shift to cloud storage and computing.