Larry Ellison, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd
Larry Ellison is chairman of Oracle Corporation and chief technology officer. He founded the company in 1977 and served as CEO until September 2014. He also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar.
Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as a senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015. Catz currently serves as a director of The Walt Disney Company.
As chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a board of directors member, Mark Hurd brings more than three decades of leadership in the technology industry to one of the world's largest enterprise technology companies. Joining Oracle as president in 2010, Hurd became CEO in 2014 alongside Safra Catz.
Mark Hurd is a recognized leader in the industry, regularly sharing his insights, advice, and predictions at conferences and events. Hurd's predictions on the future of enterprise cloud technology have become a recurring element at the Oracle OpenWorld conference, tracking the changes in security, data storage, and cloud adoption against his predictions. In addition to Oracle events, Hurd also speaks at industry conferences, college seminars, and business leadership events.
Hurd has helped guide Oracle through its transition to cloud computing, providing a proactive, all-in approach that has helped drive the organization's investment in cloud infrastructure and innovation. In an interview with CNBC, Hurd explained Oracle's unique approach:
"We have more application offerings than anybody else. We're competing in more categories, frankly the biggest categories...," he explained. "For us it really is the bigger picture, not just the competition in one segment."
Hurd is passionate about supporting his alma mater Baylor University and continues to be actively involved in the Baylor community. Hurd currently serves on the Baylor Board of Directors as the vice chair of the Executive Committee. He and his family have also contributed to the university with their support of the Baylor tennis program, through which the campus tennis facilities - renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2014 - have been renovated and upgraded. Hurd has been recognized for his contributions with the Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award and the Baylor Business Legend Award.