Chief Executive Officer
Mark Hurd is the chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and serves on the Oracle board of directors. Hurd was hired as Oracle’s president in 2010, and he became CEO in 2014, alongside co-CEO Safra Catz. At Oracle, Hurd has focused on the innovation and cost savings presented by shifting to cloud-based enterprise solutions. During Hurd’s tenure, Oracle has become one of the world’s largest and most diversified cloud service providers, with software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. Hurd’s leadership has helped Oracle develop and integrate cloud solutions for businesses, regardless of size or industry. These solutions offer a comprehensive suite of tools for modernizing operations, streamlining workflows, and reducing costs.
Bronto became an Oracle company in 2016, when Oracle acquired NetSuite. Bronto’s ecommerce marketing services have since become a valuable component in Oracle’s suite of end-to-end cloud service offerings for businesses of all sizes. The deal joined Bronto’s automated marketing engine, Oracle’s technology stack and global reach, and NetSuite’s innovative cloud solutions in what Oracle CEO Mark Hurd deemed “the perfect complement.” He has noted NetSuite’s success and provides updates through speeches at conferences, such as NetSuite SuiteWorld and Oracle OpenWorld, which are available on Hurd’s YouTube channel.
Mark Hurd has decades of experience in the technology industry. Hurd graduated with a degree in business administration from Baylor University, where he now serves as vice chair of the Board of Regents and is a member of the Executive Committee. He began his career in 1980 at NCR Corporation as a sales representative and became CEO in 2003. In 2005, Hurd became CEO of Hewlett-Packard. During his tenure at HP, the company’s share price doubled, and it regained its position as the world’s largest technology company by revenue.
At Oracle, Hurd’s primary role includes developing and executing corporate strategy toward the cloud. He also speaks at industry events and often contributes his thoughts on business and technology in a range of publications. These public-facing efforts are key aspects of Hurd’s work to promote Oracle’s vision to customers, partners, investors, and stockholders.
Hurd also continues to support his alma mater, Baylor University. As an undergraduate, he was a competitive athlete for Baylor’s tennis program. As a business leader, he has helped support the redevelopment of Baylor’s campus tennis facilities, which were named the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011. The Hurd family has also contributed the lead gift for Baylor’s Give Light initiative, supporting the creation of the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center. Hurd received the Baylor Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, the Baylor Legacy Award in 2012, and the Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award for the 2012 to 2013 school year.
Mark Hurd has been recognized by Business 2.0 magazine several times as one of the 50 Who Matter, and in 2008 was named CEO of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Hurd has been named one of CRN’s Most Influential Executives multiple times and was recognized as one of CRN’s Top Executives twice. In 2007 Fortune recognized Mark Hurd on their list of 25 Most Powerful People in Business.