Revolving Door

Former H-P CEO Mark Hurd May Join Oracle

In what would be a remarkably swift comeback, scandalized former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is reportedly in talks to join rival tech giant Oracle as a top executive, according to sources close to the deal. Oracle, still led by its founder Larry Ellison after 30 years, covers much of the same turf as H-P, and is almost as profitable, though its revenue and number of employees are far smaller. Ellison was a champion of Hurd—who’s widely credited with turning around Hewlett-Packard’s fortunes—throughout his scandal, which grabbed headlines in early August after he was alleged to have sexually harassed a marketing contractor. Hurd was later cleared of the charges, but knocked for filing inaccurate expense reports, and he resigned amid controversy. Hurd’s position at Oracle is still uncertain; Ellison will stay put as CEO.