You might have heard of companies going from strength to strength, but Oracle has just gone from one controversial executive to another. Former
HP CEO Mark Hurd has been revealed as the replacement for outgoing co-president Charles Phillips
. According to the company, Phillips has resigned and will also be stepping down from its board.
He was in the crosshairs at the start of this year when his mistress of eight years YaVaughnie Wilkins went public with their affair using a billboard campaign. Phillips is also a member of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
His replacement, Mark Hurd, is no stranger to controversies either. It was a sexual-harassment probe that led to Hurd's exit from HP. "Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect he'll do even better at Oracle," said CEO Larry Ellison in a statement,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in a statement.
At the time of Hurd's departure from HP, Ellison was critical of of the role HP's board payed in Hurd's exit. In an email sent to the New York Times, he had called it the “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”