Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison will join the Apple Computer board as part of the team appointed by Steve Jobs, who will become chairman, according to a French newspaper.
In an interview with 'La Tribune' on Friday, Ellison said the news will be announced at the Mac World Boston show on Monday and claimed he will make a personal investment, of undisclosed size, in Apple. Oracle representatives said they will make a statement on the matter but is expected to say Ellison?s move is his personal business and is not related to Oracle.
The newspaper also claimed Apple co-founder Jobs, Ellison?s friend, who is currently advising the company and recruiting board members, will become chairman. After a week of speculation on Jobs? role, this seems a more likely position than chief executive for a man who still runs animation studio Pixar and is seen as a guru rather than a business leader.
Ellison said in the interview: "Rumours of my interest are well founded. On Monday we will introduce the new management team and I?m part of it." He made no further comment on the matter on Friday but his interest in Apple is known; he made an aborted attempt to lead a consortium to buy Apple for $2.1 billion in March.
During his attempt to usurp former Apple CEO Gil Amelio, Ellison made it clear he is an Apple devotee sees a future for the company?s products, which are recognised as simple to use and could fit into Oracle's network computer strategy; and its brand, which is well recognised. He is expected to urge Apple to launch low end, consumer hardware such as Internet appliances.
US sources claimed Jobs has unsuccessfully tried to recruit Eastman Kodak CEO George Fisher and is talking to Adobe chairman John Warnock about joining Apple. None of the executives mentioned have commented on the rumours.
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