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Where in the world is Léo Apotheker? Try Japan, Texas, and Massachusetts 12

by Derek Kessler Thu, 11 Nov 2010 3:25 pm EST

Where in the world is Leo Apotheker? There are times that we look at Oracle and head honcho Larry Ellison and just shake our heads. Oracle has been involved in a corporate espionage case against SAP for some time now, and had not until recently pursued questioning Léo Apotheker, then SAP CEO, now HP CEO. In fact, it wasn’t until Apotheker took over as HP’s chief that Oracle went after him, and this is following a nasty spat over Oracle’s hiring of Mark Hurd, Apotheker’s forced-out-of-office predecessor at HP.

So, looking to create more public relations mischief, Oracle started going after Apotheker soon after his announcement to take the HP throne, much to the dismay of both HP and SAP. The story took a turn towards the absurd early this week with a report from Reuters that Oracle had hired private investigators to track down Apotheker, who had apparently gone missing/underground since taking the HP helm. Except that he didn’t - Apotheker was spotted in Japan on late last week, where he gave an interview to the Nikkei Business Daily.

This appearance jives pretty well with Apotheker’s statement that he would begin his tenure at HP by traveling on a “listening tour” to learn more about the company he’s now heading. In fact, just this week Apotheker was reported to have popped up at HP facilities in Texas and Massachusetts. This runs counter to Oracle’s claim that he’s running from a subpoena to testify in the Oakland, California, court where their lawsuit against SAP is being tried (overseas Apotheker would be beyond the reach of the subpoena, but within the US he can be compelled to appear). Additionally, Apotheker sightings have been reported in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Oracle is seeking some $4 billion in damages from SAP. For it’s part, SAP has admitted some liability in the claim, but that it was Texas-based subsidiary TomorrowNow that was responsible for the theft of Oracle’s IP - and that was before SAP bought the company (though the SAP board was apparently aware of it). We don’t want to jump to any conclusions here, but judging by Ellison’s pattern of behavior since the forced resignation of Hurd, we’d hazard a guess that he’s more out to embarrass HP and Apotheker than prove Apotheker’s complicity in the suit.

Source: Reuters (1, 2), MarketWatch

12 Comments

SAP surprised Oracle recently in their acknowledgement of damages owed. Ellison/Oracle are throwing a hissy fit over this because it means Apotheker probably won't have to testify. There's no need to subpoena the former CEO to determine damages.

Larry Ellison is a Kimono-wearing, attention-whore, nutjob of the highest order.

Where in the World is pre-2? France? UK?

Whatever... Oracle is just a big bully... That is also evidenced by the way they are treating the opensource projects they've acquired from Sun (Openoffice, Java, MySQL, ...)

Oh and Larry Ellison is an ass... there I said it...

Sprint, surprise me for the holidays. TIA

+1 but what's TIA?

as 10c0b0b so kindly posted, Thanks in advance.

Well, folks, if you ever want to work at Oracle, you have to go to law school now, not CS graduate school.

Derek -- we can always count on you for good photoshop-jobs. Keep 'em coming!

(TIA... "thanks in advance")
It sounds like Larry's just trying to stay in the news. Oracle is a technologically-threatened beast that is just trying to hold on to it's marketshare, and their CEO is diverting our attention...

who cares there playing games we just need jobs so we can support our familys

Derek-- love your writings, but PLEASE: it's "jibes" (agrees with), not "jives", which means to fake out