Mark Hurd is the chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, a member of the Oracle Board of Directors, and serves on the Baylor Board of Regents as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Mark Hurd’s role at Oracle involves directing corporate strategy, managing sales and marketing direction, and driving growth for Oracle’s cloud offerings. In his time at Oracle, Mark Hurd has helped lead Oracle's transition to enterprise cloud technology and revamped the sales workflow to create specialists for each product line. He also recruits thousands of college students into Oracle’s salesforce every year.
Recognizing the passion of college graduates, Mark developed a recruitment program to provide new workforce members with professional development and training opportunities for long-term career success. Each member goes through a training program designed to introduce them to the range and depth of Oracle products in the enterprise world in preparation for a sales career.
Mark Hurd is a proud Baylor University alumnus (class of 1979), was a member of the tennis team and is now a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents. “I played and sweated a lot for Baylor and I'm proud of it," Hurd said. “I love this school and what it did for me...When you take part in the progress of Baylor, you build a lot of pride." After being recruited to the college and attending on a tennis scholarship, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mark has remained active in the Baylor community both as a businessman and Baylor tennis fan. In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Regents and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, he also serves as a member of the Advancement and Development Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Mark credits his time at the University for equipping him with the experiences necessary to become a successful leader. Recalling his time at Baylor, he said, "I carried a full academic load, was a scholarship athlete, and was trying to be part of a fraternity. I think all of that taught me the value of time and organization." Mark has been recognized by Baylor University for his contributions through multiple awards and honors: he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008, a Baylor Legacy Award in 2012, and the 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award for his philanthropic and personal involvement with the university.
While in school, Mark served as president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in addition to his responsibilities as a student athlete. Hurd often has reflected on the leadership lessons he learned from juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, mentioning the similarities in time management challenges between business and education: “Frankly, my days at Baylor were not too different from my days as part of a company. I had to manage my time. I had to divide it into certain pieces so that I’d get as much done as I possibly could.” Mark has returned to Baylor not only as a member of the Board of Regents but also as a guest speaker from the technology and business communities. In 2014, Mark Hurd delivered the keynote address at the eighth annual Baylor Global Business Forum, speaking on “Big Data in a Shrinking World.”
Mark also recognizes that Baylor played an important role in developing his interests in business leadership and corporate management. In an interview with Baylor Business Review, he stated: “Baylor taught me a lot of important lessons: How to be an effective leader; the importance of building teams aligned to a common goal and the value of being part of a community.” When mentioning role models and notable professors, Mark cites Dr. Clifton Williams as having a profound influence on his career through his lessons on leadership versus management.
In 2009, Baylor renamed its tennis clubhouse to the Hurd Tennis Building in recognition of Mark’s role in improving the facilities and was renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011. Mark Hurd also has supported the Baylor Bear Foundation and the Men’s Tennis Excellence Fund as part of his philanthropic contributions to Baylor sports. In 2015, Baylor University hosted the NCAA Tennis Championships, with Tennis magazine naming Hurd Tennis Center the No. 1 college tennis facility.
Oracle Corporation and Mark Hurd also are supporting collegiate tennis through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Oracle and ITA have partnered to develop the Oracle/ITA Masters as well as the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards, a $100,000 grant given to recognize exemplary sportsmanship of young tennis professionals.
Mark Hurd has been recognized by multiple publications for his role as a business leader in the technology industry. He was listed as Fortune magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business in 2007, and Forbes’ Market’s Best Managers in 2009. The San Francisco Chronicle recognized Mark as CEO of the Year in 2008, and he received the American Football Association’s CEO Coach of the Year award in 2009. Mark Hurd has also been recognized by CRN several times, making the 25 Most Influential Executives list three times and the Top 25 Executives list twice. In addition to his Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award, Mark also has received the Baylor Business Legend Award from the Houston Baylor Business Network.