Mark Hurd, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle, Is Dead at 62

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Hurd, who was known for both success and scandal at Hewlett-Packard and most recently served as co-chief executive at Oracle, died on Friday. He was 62 years old.

Mr. Hurd had taken a medical leave of absence in September; the medical reason was not disclosed. His death was confirmed in an announcement by Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chairman and chief technology officer.

“Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle,” Mr. Ellison wrote. “Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague.”

Mr. Hurd spent 25 years at the business technology company NCR before moving to Silicon Valley last decade to become chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, the giant computer and technology company. He led Hewlett-Packard for five years before he was ousted in 2010 after a high-profile scandal over his relationship with a consultant to the company.

He was swiftly hired by Oracle, which he helped lead with Mr. Ellison and Safra Catz, who was also given a co-chief executive title that she still holds.

Mr. Ellison wrote that Mr. Hurd is survived by his wife, Paula, and two daughters.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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