Oracle's Chief Ellison Defend's HP's Hurd in Email to NY Times

Oracle Corp. chief Larry Ellison blistered Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board of directors today in an email to the NY Times, strongly rebuking its decision to force Mark Hurd, the company's former chief, to resign last Friday amid a flurry of misconduct charges.

The Times reported that Ellison's email scolded HP's board for making the "worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago."

Ellison and Hurd are friends, the Times reported, often playing tennis at Ellison's house.

According to the report, Ellison wrote that HP's board "failed to act in the best interests of HP's employees, shareholders, customers and partners."

He pointed out that HP had fully investigated the sexual harassment claims against Hurd and found them to be factually lacking, the paper said.

HP has said that Hurd's resignation owed to a number of instances in which he violated the company's business code of conduct and not the sexual harassment charges, which the company acknowledged it could not independently substantiate.

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