It has been repeated in many different media that Larry Ellison (66), Pontifex Maximus at The Oracle finds IBM as its ultimate foe, or, more politically correct, its number one competitor.
That very same Pontifex Maximus, in a questionable move, recently hired a certain Mark Hurd (53), former CEO at HP, to join its board of directors, and serve as President for Sales and Marketing.
Hurd’s hiring started a controversial action from its former employer that involved a lawsuit filed against him on the grounds of potential disclosure of HP’s confidential information, which was finally settled for a bunch of dollars in stock, in our opinion. In the meantime, Larry Ellison, contrary to what could have been expected from his reputation, kept what could be thought of as a prudent silence, yet quite eloquent for our taste.
This last move was made at the expense of Charles Phillips (50), who has to leave his comfortable armchair to Ellison’s tennis buddy.
Charles Phillips, as we have mentioned in an earlier post to this blog, showed some habits that made Mr Hurd a natural replacement for him, by the way…
Well, curiously enough, guess which are Infor’s strategic partners… Do you find the explicit references to something big and blue?
We have no idea of the details in Charles Phillips severance package from the Oracle, if any, nor we know anything about potential lawsuits against him from The Oracle in the name of Ethics or anything like that. We do not know if the Pontifex Maximus will be able to hold his mouth and prevents his tongue to be unleashed. We do not know either if Phillips plays tennis with Infor execs… But you would need to agree with me that the story is too good to keep it unwritten.
While the Pontifex Maximus tastes his own medicine, we will wonder what happens to men when they reach their fifties… is it a sudden unbalance in their testosterone index what happens at that age?
And, frankly, to those who still believe in Father Christmas and the ability of powerful public people to keep private life separate from professional life, now do you feel comfortable about having Charles Phillips advising President Obama about economic recovery? (Please note who sponsors the news)