Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle
Talari Networks is one of several strategic acquisitions undertaken during Mark Hurd's tenure at Oracle. Under Hurd, Oracle acquired NetSuite, Talari Networks, Aconex, and other cloud-focused technology companies, greatly expanding the range and functionality of Oracle Cloud services.
Hurd champions the cloud’s transformational potential and has positioned Oracle to capitalize on the worldwide acceleration of cloud adoption. Speaking to Forbes, Hurd offered three key benefits of cloud technologies: “It costs less, it’s more secure, and you get a ton more innovation at the same time.” Hurd’s keynote speeches at Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference often showcase the benefits of cloud computing. He also promotes cloud technology in many of his media appearances.
Another core focus for Mark Hurd has been the expansion and improvement of Oracle’s sales team. The Class Of program, which Hurd created in 2013, hires and trains thousands of recent college graduates each year.
Hurd has also helped drive Oracle’s support of tennis, which he played competitively while attending Baylor University as a student-athlete. Oracle’s partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has led to the creation of three high-level collegiate tennis tournaments, and the Oracle Challenger Series provides increased opportunities for professional tennis competitors to advance their careers.
Hurd graduated from Baylor in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. The Hurd family’s support has helped the university build a world-class tennis center, the Hurd Tennis Center, which earned Tennis Magazine's recognition as one of the top collegiate tennis facilities in the United States. In addition, Hurd is vice chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents and serves on the Executive Committee.
Mark Hurd became CEO of NCR Corporation in 2003 after 22 years at the company, where he held a variety of roles. In 2005, Hewlett Packard hired him as CEO and appointed him to its Board of Directors. HP exceeded Wall Street’s expectations throughout Hurd’s tenure and doubled its share price.
Oracle founder Larry Ellison appointed Hurd as Oracle’s president in 2010. In 2014, Hurd became Oracle’s CEO, alongside CEO Safra Catz. Hurd provides his insights and projections on technology trends as a business and technology thought leader. He presents keynote speeches and makes appearances at many tech industry events, a number of which can be found on YouTube. Hurd also shares event photos and industry insights on Twitter and Facebook.