Oracle CEO Slams HP Board For Hurd's Exit

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison has criticised Hewlett-Packard (HP) for forcing former CEO Mark Hurd to resign.

Hurd resigned his position following allegations of sexual harassment and the falsifying of expense claims.

Ellison, in an e-mail to the New York Times, lambasted the HP board for ousting Hurd after allegations of sexual harassment by Jodie Fisher, an independent contractor, were found to be baseless, news agency Reuters reported on Monday.

“The HP Board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple Board fired Steve Jobs many years ago. That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them.” Ellison wrote.

In response to allegations that Hurd had submitted falsified expenditure claims, Ellison, who is one of his closest friends, stated that the company believed that Hurd worked on false expense reports to hide his personal relationship with Fisher.

"What the expense fraud claims do reveal is an HP board desperately grasping at straws in trying to publicly explain the unexplainable," he added.