Ellison lambasts HP board's Hurd decision

In an unprecedented public outburst, Oracle CE Larry Ellison has criticised HP’s board of directors for ousting the company’s own CE Mark Hurd over a widely-publicised internal inquiry.

US newspaper The New York Times reports that Ellison (pictured) emailed the newspaper castigating the HP board for committing what he described as a “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs… That nearly destroyed Apple and would have [done] if Steve hadn’t come back and saved them”.

Outspoken Ellison, who according to The New York Times story is a personal friend of Hurd’s, accused the HP board of a lapse of regard toward corporate governance. In bouncing Mark Hurd it “failed to act in the best interest of HP’s employees, shareholders, customers and partners”, railed Ellison. “The HP board admits that it fully investigated the sexual harassment claims against Mark, and found them to be utterly false.”

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