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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison  (Source: PeopleSoft Planet)

Mark Hurd, Former HP CEO  (Source: Getty Images)
Ellison calls HP board "idiots"

HP is the largest computer maker around with a business that spans the globe and reaches into the corporate and consumer markets. The company recently forced the resignation of its CEO Mark Hurd after allegations of sexual harassment and falsified expense statements.

The CEO of Oracle Lawrence Ellison is speaking out in support of Hurd and condemning HP's board for Hurd’s departure. Ellison and Hurd are reportedly close friends, though the companies do compete on some levels and work together on other projects.

Ellison sent an email to the New York Times stating, "The H.P. board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago. That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn’t come back and saved them."

Ellison continued in the email claiming that, "In losing Mark Hurd, the H.P. board failed to act in the best interest of H.P.’s employees, shareholders, customers and partners. The H.P. board admits that it fully investigated the sexual harassment claims against Mark and found them to be utterly false."

According to Ellison, a debate amongst the HP board was raging on whether or not to disclose the allegations of sexual harassment to the public. Hurd reportedly didn’t see the need to force disclosure of the allegations after an investigation by the HP board found that the claims were false.

Hurd and the woman involved in the case, Jodie Fisher, both maintain that there was no romantic relationship between them. However, Fisher reportedly settled the claims with Hurd for an undisclosed sum of money.

Why there would have been a settlement if nothing happened is unknown. HP maintains that the reason for Hurd to be forced to resign was due to falsifying expense reports in an effort to conceal the relationship.

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RE: For once...
By Reclaimer77 on 8/10/2010 4:39:15 PM , Rating: 3
Uhm, he got fired for falsifying expense reports, and was cleared of the other stuff. Falsifying expense reports is pretty much stealing and would certainly get me fired.

So what? They gave him 40 freaking million for letting him go. So what's the message here? Fudge a few thousand, or even hundreds of thousands, on an expense report and we'll fire your ass and give you tens of MILLIONS!? How does that make sense?

Here's a crazy idea, but ummm, instead of firing someone for it, why don't you simply demand he make things right and reimburse the company? I mean, do we even know for a fact the discrepancies were intentional?

Also it's pretty ironic these "discrepancies" came right at the same time Mrs. Cocktease came on the scene. I'm just saying...

RE: For once...
By nafhan on 8/11/2010 9:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
That's why I wrote the part of the post you didn't quote. Clearly lying, in writing, about money is bad, and certainly adequate for firing someone, but they probably could have found some way to keep him if they wanted to. Again, there's more to this than harrassment or expense reports. I think there's a good chance the drama's not over.

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