Mark Hurd became President of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's Board of Directors in 2010, bringing to the company more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience. As a leader at Oracle, Mark Hurd is responsible for Oracle's global field operations and is focused on strategy, innovation, leadership, and customers. Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld on the topic of IT strategies, Mark Hurd notes that "The winners in this market will be the ones that can modernize, innovate, and take advantage of all of this data."
Mark Hurd was listed as one of Forbes' Market's Best Managers for 2009. In 2007, Mark Hurd was named one of Fortune Magazine's 25 Most Powerful People in Business. He was recognized multiple times by Business 2.0 magazine as one of the 50 Who Matter Now and by Barron's in its Best CEOs lists. The San Francisco Chronicle honored Mark Hurd as the 2008 CEO of the Year. He appeared on CRN's 25 Most Influential Executives list in three separate years and was twice one of CRN's Top 25 Executives.
Mark Hurd earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1979 from Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, which he attended on a tennis scholarship. He continues to show his passion for tennis, supporting Baylor's national championship tennis program through philanthropic donations to upgrade and renovate facilities in the Hurd Tennis Building, which is part of the Hurd Tennis Center. He also supports the Baylor Bear Foundation and the Men's Tennis Excellence Fund. Mark Hurd was honored with the 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award—the Baylor Legacy Award—in recognition of his extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor.