As the former president and recruitment chair of the Texas Lambda Chapter at Baylor University, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd is an active supporter of Phi Delta Theta. Hurd was honored with the Phi Delta Theta Nance-Millett Free Enterprise Award in 2010 for his contributions to the free enterprise system. He continues to meet with the Texas Lambda Chapter at his alma mater, Baylor University, sharing leadership lessons from his experiences in business.
“Whether you’re running a fraternity or a company, relationships of all types are built on integrity.” – Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle
Mark Hurd graduated from Baylor University in 1979, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He attended the University on a tennis scholarship and credits his leadership position within the Fraternity with helping him hone his time management skills. Mark Hurd continues to support the University and the Baylor tennis program. Renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011, Tennis magazine ranked Baylor’s tennis facilities as the best in the country in 2015. Mark Hurd serves on the Baylor Board of Regents and was honored with the 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary service to Baylor.
As chief executive officer of Oracle, Hurd oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Oracle’s global field operations, including marketing, sales, consulting, and alliances. He focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, and customers as the company shifts toward the cloud. Hurd has been instrumental in driving the transition of Oracle’s 430,000-plus worldwide customers from on-premises software and hardware deployments to Oracle Cloud services. Hurd’s experience in managing past acquisitions has enabled him to take a role in Oracle’s expansion strategy, including acquisitions such as NetSuite, Taleo, and MICROS Systems.
Hurd has been a keynote presenter at Oracle OpenWorld, one of the tech industry’s largest professional events, for several years. He uses his platform to provide insight into how technology is shaping business and society, with a particular focus on cloud computing and artificial intelligence. At Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Hurd predicted AI will create many more jobs than it will eliminate, saying, “Sixty percent of IT jobs out there by 2025 haven’t been invented yet.”
As an industry leader, Hurd is a valued commentator on business trends, cloud computing, and the future of technology. He has been featured in Business Insider and Forbes among other publications, and he is a frequent guest on broadcast TV, such as CNBC and Fox Business. Recently, Hurd highlighted Oracle’s AI innovation in a Forbes podcast, in which he noted, “You’ll see AI integrated in most everything that comes to market.” During Oracle OpenWorld 2018, he discussed the value of Oracle Autonomous Database with CNBC.
Prior to joining Oracle Corporation, Hurd served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of Hewlett-Packard, focusing on customers, innovation, and improved operational efficiency. During Hurd’s tenure at HP, the company increased annual revenue over $100 billion in 2007 through 22 straight quarters of growth. Before HP, Hurd held several roles at NCR Corporation before serving as the company’s CEO and president. With more than 30 years of experience, Hurd has been recognized for his accomplishments as a technology industry leader. He was included in Forbes’ Market’s Best Managers for 2009 and named one of Fortune magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business in 2007. Hurd regularly shares his perspectives on business and technology and is a published author.