Oracle in talks to hand former HP boss new role

ORACLE has offered a job to Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who resigned amid a scandal involving inaccurate expense receipts related to a female contractor.

It is understood that a final decision has not yet been made. Oracle was not immediately available for a comment.

Hurd resigned early last month, after a probe into sexual harassment allegations. HP said he filed inaccurate expense reports related to Jodie Fisher, a marketing contractor who worked for Hurd’s office from 2007 through 2009.

It is understood that Hurd had received job overtures from private equity firms and public companies immediately after his shocking departure from HP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue. It is unclear what job Hurd was offered.

Plucked from relative obscurity to head HP, Hurd is credited with resuscitating the technology giant by cutting costs and pursuing ambitious acquisitions.

HP said the expense reports were meant to hide a “close personal relationship” with Fisher.