Chief Executive Officer
Mark Hurd is the chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, a role he shares with fellow CEO Safra Catz, and he is a member of the Oracle board of directors. Hurd joined Oracle in 2010 as its president, bringing more than three decades of progressive technology industry leadership experience to the company. During Hurd’s tenure, his leadership has helped Oracle transform into one of the world’s leading cloud computing service providers, and he has also spearheaded initiatives that have reshaped Oracle’s workforce and its approach to customer experience. Throughout his career, Hurd has focused on customers, strategies, leadership, and innovation, and he has continued this focus at Oracle.
According to Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, Oracle’s focus on cloud technologies helps its customers better secure their data and innovate more effectively while saving money. This emphasis on developing and deploying better and more complete cloud solutions is an essential facet of Hurd’s role overseeing Oracle’s strategic direction and operational execution. Acquisitions have played a key part in the company’s shift to the cloud. In addition to Oracle’s 2016 acquisition of Dyn, Hurd has spearheaded the notable acquisitions of Datalogix, NetSuite, and Aconex, among many others. These strategic acquisitions have greatly deepened the functionality and expanded the range of Oracle’s cloud services.
The acquisition of Dyn expands Oracle’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions. Oracle Dyn’s managed DNS technologies support many of the world’s largest digital-native brands, including more of Amazon Alexa’s Top 100 sites than any other provider. Oracle Dyn’s web application security solutions protect nearly a million online properties, and its email delivery platform also delivers more than 3 billion messages a day, providing a critical layer of support that sustains the massive volumes of digital commerce taking place at all times around the world. As Kyle York, vice president of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and the general manager for Oracle’s Dyn Global Business Unit, wrote shortly after the acquisition, “the cloud experience starts with DNS.” Adding Dyn’s services to its own advances Oracle’s cloud solutions, providing more value for the world’s most innovative enterprises.
Hurd also works to share the company’s vision with partners, customers, investors, and shareholders at a variety of industry events. At Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the technology industry’s most important conference, Hurd’s keynote presentation covered topics from cybersecurity to artificial intelligence, and he was joined by executives of key Oracle customer companies who shared their success stories on the stage. Data security and AI were critical topics throughout OpenWorld for Hurd. He discussed Oracle’s new Autonomous Database technology with CNBC’s Jon Fortt, and he predicted that all cloud-based applications will have integrated AI functionality by 2025.
Mark Hurd earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University in 1979. Hurd continues to support Baylor University through his philanthropy, and his support has helped Baylor undertake significant upgrades to its tennis facilities. In recognition of his contributions, Baylor named its cornerstone tennis facility the Hurd Tennis Building in 2009, and renamed its entire tennis complex the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011. Baylor also honored Hurd with its 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award—the Baylor Legacy Award—in light of his outstanding service to Baylor University. Hurd is vice chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents and serves on the Executive Committee.
Mark Hurd was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of its 25 Most Powerful People in Business in 2007, and he was named one of Forbes' Market's Best Managers for 2009. In 2008, The San Francisco Chronicle chose him as its CEO of the Year. He has also been named one of CRN's 25 Most Influential Executives on three occasions, and he was twice named one of CRN’s Top 25 Executives. Hurd was recognized multiple times as one of Business 2.0 magazine’s 50 Who Matter Now, and has been featured several times on Barron's annual Best CEOs lists.