Eye on Oracle

Nov 10 2010   4:34PM GMT

Ellison hires private eye to find HP CEO as Oracle vs. SAP trial continues

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

The Oracle vs. SAP lawsuit is now underway, and Larry Ellison has already taken the stand in the courtroom, testifying in the case that alleges theft of Oracle’s intellectual property by SAP.  But the one person who Ellison wants to see take the stand — former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker — is nowhere to be found.

Oracle has issued a subpoena for Apotheker, who is now the CEO of HP. But HP has refused to accept the subpoena, claiming that Ellison is only doing this to discredit HP as a competitor and that the software giant had plenty of chances to question Apotheker when he still worked at HP.

We all know Ellison doesn’t go down without a fight. Last week, my colleague Mark Fontecchio wrote this about Ellison: “He probably has people camped out in bushes outside HP headquarters waiting to jump out and serve Apotheker his subpoena. And no, I’m not exaggerating (OK, maybe a little).”

But as the latest development in the search for Apotheker emerges, we learn that there may actually be no exaggeration here.  Ellison has hired a private eye to find the HP CEO, numerous sources have reported.

And if the private investigators can’t find him, others have their own theories as to Apotheker’s whereabouts.  A #findleo hashtag has even emerged on Twitter, with one user guessing Apotheker is in Nicaragua at Ponderosa visiting with 1st jury member Alina, referencing the current TV show “Survivor: Nicaragua.”  Another Twitter user asked, “Who is that bloke caddying for Tiger Woods?”

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