Mark Hurd, Co-CEO of Oracle, Dies At 62

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Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has died at 62, the company announced Friday.

  • Hurd had been on a leave of absence from the software giant since last month for unspecified health reasons. 
  • Hurd previously served as Hewlett Packard’s CEO for five years before resigning in 2010 after a sexual harassment investigation. A month later, he was appointed Oracle’s co-president.
  • Hurd and Safra Catz were named co-CEOs in September 2014.

Here is Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s full statement announcing Hurd’s death:

It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that I tell everyone here at Oracle that Mark Hurd passed away early this morning. Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague. Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle. 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. Mark leaves his beloved wife Paula, two wonderful daughters who were the joy of his life, and his much larger extended family here at Oracle who came to love him. I know that many of us are inconsolable right now, but we are left with memories and a sense of gratitude … that we had the opportunity to get know Mark, the opportunity to work with him … and become his friend.

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