Former HP CEO May Join Oracle

The ousted CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) is in talks to join the board of enterprise software maker Oracle.

Mark Hurd, recently forced to resign from his position following allegations of sexual harassment of a contractor of the company and the submission of falsified expense claims, is said to be in talks to join Oracle, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Hurd, 53, who is a close friend of Oracle's CEO Lawrence J Ellison, who has been CEO of Oracle since its founding around 30 years ago, is said to be on the verge of signing a deal with Oracle.

Ellison has previously criticised Hurd's abrupt dismissal in an e-mail to the New York Times.

He had written: "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."