Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard has died at the age of 62. Oracle Founder and Chairman Larry Ellison confirmed Hurd’s death Friday.
In a memo posted on the company’s website Larry Ellison said, “It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that I tell everyone here at Oracle that Mark Hurd passed away early this morning. Mark was my close and irreplaceable friend, and trusted colleague.
“Oracle has lost a brilliant and beloved leader who personally touched the lives of so many of us during his decade at Oracle.
“All of us will miss Mark’s keen mind and rare ability to analyze, simplify and solve problems quickly. Some of us will miss his friendship and mentorship. I will miss his kindness and sense of humor. Mark leaves his beloved wife Paula, two wonderful daughters who were the joy of his life, and his much larger extended family here at Oracle who came to love him.
“I know that many of us are inconsolable right now, but we are left with memories and a sense of gratitude…that we had the opportunity to get know Mark, the opportunity to work with him…and become his friend,” the memo read.
Hurd took a leave of absence from Oracle a month ago for unspecified medical reasons. At the time, he said in a message to employees: “I’ve decided that I need to spend time focused on my health.”
He had been a chief executive and board director at the company since 2014. He served alongside Safra Catz, who also has the title of CEO. Ellison took over Hurd’s responsibilities when he left.
Hurd was born in 1957 in New York City, on the Upper East Side. He then moved to Miami for high school. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing management in 1979 from Baylor University in Texas, where he played tennis and was president of a fraternity.
The tech boss began his career in 1980 at ATM company NCR as a junior salesman. He eventually worked his way up to become CEO in 2003. He became HP’s CEO in 2005, replacing ousted CEO Carly Fiorina. Following his jump to Oracle in 2010, he was then promoted to CEO in 2014. He oversaw how Oracle would sell and market products, while Catz handled finance, legal and operations.
Hurd was married to his wife, Paula, for nearly three decades. Paula had worked alongside him at NCR, where she had been a senior executive. They had two daughters and lived in the Bay Area.