Changes at Oracle

Thomas Kurian to be made president of Oracle

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A leaked internal memo claims the company’s executive vice president is to be named president of Oracle.

Oracle is to promoted its own Thomas Kurian to the position of company president. The role involves overseeing development of the company’s software.

According to an internal memo seen by Reuters, the previous executive vice president will be appointed the leadership position, four months after company founder Larry Ellison stepped down as CEO. Oracle has not yet commented on the claims.

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Company Chairman Ellison announced to all employees via email that Kurian would be focusing on engineering products that will help transition software to the Oracle Cloud.

“I’m pleased to announce that Thomas Kurian has been promoted to president of Oracle, responsible for software development. He has a long track record of developing suites of software products that go to achieve pre-eminent success in the marketplace. His first major engineering effort was developing the Oracle suite of Fusion Middleware.”

Kurian joins the ranks of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Google product president Sundar Pichai and Accenture’s Bhaskar Ghosh as a tech company leader of Indian origin.

From Princeton to President

Originally from the Indian state of Kerala, Kurian emigrated to the United States in 1986 to study electrical engineering at Princeton University. He also has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Kurian joined Oracle in 1996, where he was head of Oracle’s Java-based infrastructure division.

During his time with Oracle, he has held various product management and development positions, most recently as Executive Vice President, Product Development. His compensation for the year of 2013 was estimated at over 31 million US dollars.

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