Mark Hurd serves as Oracle Corporation’s chief executive officer and holds membership on the Board of Directors. After naming Mark president in 2010. Oracle founder Larry Ellison announced in 2014 that he would step down from the CEO position, appointing Mark Hurd and Safra Catz as CEOs. At Oracle, Mark directs corporate strategy and long-term growth, using his decades of experience in the technology industry to plot Oracle’s course.
Mark Hurd has recognized the advent of cloud technology as a “business model change” for the enterprise tech industry, focusing Oracle on dominance in the cloud space through application suites, comprised of industry-leading Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. Recent acquisitions by Oracle, such as NetSuite, contribute to this strategic shift; Mark Hurd outlined his plans for cloud growth at SuiteWorld, where he stated, “We are going to invest in international expansion. That means leveraging our data centers, leveraging our distribution, leveraging everything we have got to accelerate our strategy.” Using its leading position in the cloud space, Oracle can provide resources and momentum to acquired companies, accelerating growth and market share through infrastructure support during the transition to the cloud.
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Oracle’s acquisition of Apiary fuels development of cloud-ready applications. Mark Hurd has repeatedly emphasized the need for strong infrastructure as support for a full cloud suite, and Apiary’s strong API management and design capabilities offer existing Oracle customers a streamlined approach to product development and access for cloud-based systems. With deep API security and analytics opportunities, Apiary connects existing assets and services to new clients and utilities through tight API integration. At Oracle OpenWorld 2017, Mark sat down with other tech executives to discuss how Oracle customers are bringing Oracle services to a wide range of unique challenges within their respective companies; offering more access points and options will help both new and existing customers leverage Oracle technology through Apiary’s tools and Oracle’s API Integration Cloud, making better use of Oracle’s integrated application suite offering as discussed at Oracle OpenWorld. Managing connectivity complexity with API lifecycle governance and advanced control solutions across offerings, Apiary and Oracle will offer industry-leading tools to lower barriers of entry for robust and secure cloud applications.
Beyond business, Mark Hurd is also active in the Baylor University community, his alma mater. Mark serves on the Baylor Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, sitting on the Advancement and Development Committee as well as the Finance and Facilities Committee. In addition to his business expertise, Mark has also contributed financially to the university through his support of the Baylor tennis program. After extensive renovations and upgrades to the tennis facilities on campus made possible by the Hurds’ generosity, the tennis center was renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011; in 2015 Tennis magazine named the Hurd Tennis Center it’s number 1 college tennis facility. Mark has been recognized by the university with the Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award and the Baylor Business Legend Award.
Mark Hurd has been recognized for his contributions to the technology industry by a variety of news outlets and publications: he has been named to CRN’s 25 Most Influential Executives list three times as well as their Top 25 Executives list twice. In 2009, Barron’s recognized Mark as one of their Best CEOs and Forbes named him one of the Top Gun CEOs in the tech industry. Mark Hurd has been named CEO of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of 50 Who Matter Now by Business 2.0.
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