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Ellison, however, says that Apotheker should be called to task for his actions with regard to the SAP theft of Oracle software.
“HP Chairman Ray Lane has taken the position that (HP CEO) Leo Apotheker is innocent of wrongdoing because he didn’t know anything about the stealing going on at SAP while Leo was CEO," said Ellison in a statement on Wednesday. "The most basic facts of the case show this to be an absurd lie. Oracle sued SAP for stealing in March of 2007. Leo became CEO of SAP in April of 2008. Leo knew all about the stealing. In fact, Leo did not stop the stealing until 7 months after he became CEO. Why so long? We’d like to know. Ray Lane and the rest of the HP Board do not want anyone to know. That’s the new HP Way with Ray in charge and Leo on the run. It’s time to change the HP tagline from ‘Invent’ to 'Steal’.”
"If HP keeps Leo Apotheker far from HP headquarters we cannot subpoena him to testify at that trial," said Ellison. "I don't think Ray Lane wants to risk Leo Apotheker testifying under oath as to why he allowed the theft of Oracle property to continue for 8 months after he was made sole CEO of SAP."
"I hope I'm wrong, but my guess is that HP's new Chairman, Mr. Lane, will keep HP's new CEO, Mr. Apotheker, far, far away from the Courthouse until this trial is over," said Ellison.
The Ellison attack comes with HP partners questioning whether Apotheker will develop the same kind of tight channel relationships as former HP CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle as Co-President last month. This after the highly regarded Hurd was pushed out of his job as HP CEO in August for filing inaccurate expense reports and violating HP's code of conduct.
One top HP partner, who did not want to be identified, said it is critical that Apotheker meet with channel partners and share his view on the role of the channel going forward. "He could come in and change (channel) programs," said the partner. "We don't know. Maybe he will be better. Maybe he will help us. But we don't know. I hope he doesn't change everything because I think things are going pretty well right now. He hasn't reached out to say anything. There is so much uncertainty. I am very nervous."