Larry Ellison.SAN FRANCISCO – As co-president at Oracle Corp., ousted Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd will have to adapt to a new role playing second fiddle to one of Silicon Valley's most domineering bosses —
Although the two men have been pals for several
years, working together may test their friendship given that they have
both been accustomed to being the top dog. Ellison, in particular, has
never left any doubt who's calling the shots at the business software
juggernaut that he co-founded 33 years ago.
"Larry is well-known for his strong personality, and
there is always a possibility of a personality clash with Hurd," said
Kaushik Roy, an analyst with Wedbush Securities. "Friendships are not
permanent — especially not in business."
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