Oracle to HP CEO: Chicken!
Looks like Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was right. Hewlett-Packard has no intention of allowing its newly appointed CEO, and former SAP chief, Léo Apotheker to testify in the Oracle and SAP trial. In a statement issued moments ago, Oracle said it’s been unable to subpoena Apotheker.
“Hewlett Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr. Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP’s illegal conduct,” the company said. “Mr. Apotheker started work for HP on Monday, but it now appears that the HP Board of Directors has decided to keep him away from HP’s headquarters and outside the court’s jurisdiction.”
Oracle’s plan going forward: “We will continue to try to serve him.”
HP’s response: Yeah, good luck with that.
“Oracle had ample opportunity to question Leo during his sworn deposition in October 2008 and chose not to include him as a live trial witness until he was named CEO of HP,” an HP spokesperson said in a statement. “Given Leo’s limited knowledge of and role in the matter, Oracle’s last-minute effort to require him to appear live at trial is no more than an effort to harass him and interfere with his duties and responsibilities as HP’s CEO.”
So just where is Léo Apotheker? Clearly Oracle doesn’t know. And HP’s not saying. Perhaps the company has him hidden away in a secret bunker under the original HP garage….
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