Once again Larry Ellison is weighing in on Hewlett-Packard’s boardroom moves. This time though, he has a real vested interest.
In response to a civil suit HP launched against Mark Hurd, the former HP CEO who is joining Oracle as co-president and director, Ellison issued the following statement:
“Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner. By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard for that partnership,our joint customers, and their own shareholders and employees. The HP board is making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace.”
This soap opera unfolds just a week before Oracle OpenWorld opens its doors in San Francisco. Oddly enough, Mark Hurd–as CEO of HP–was slated to keynote already. Now it’s safe to say he will keynote, but as an Oracle insider.