HP CEO Reportedly Hiding from Oracle Subpoena

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd is probably quite eager to forget his past and focus on his new job at Oracle and it seems HP's new CEO, Leo Apotheker, couldn't be more eager to do the same. However, Leo is also apparently in hiding, which I imagine would get in the way of being a CEO.

Reuters reports that Leo Apotheker, formerly co-CEO of SAP, reported for his first day at HP a week ago but has yet to make a peep about his new role. There's been no press release from HP welcoming him to the family and we haven't seen a single interview or statement from Apotheker himself about his plans for the company. According to Reuters, Apotheker is hiding from Oracle, which is waiting to serve him a subpoena based on his actions as co-chief of SAP.

When Leo was first taken on, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wasted no time in revealing what he thought of the hire. Ellison recalled the details of an ongoing lawsuit (filed in 2007) that accuses SAP-owned software maintenance company TomorrowNow of pirating customers' copies of Oracle software. SAP has admitted copyright and computer violations but is arguing that Oracle's request for $1 billion in damages is excessive. Leo was CEO while a lot of this was going on and it seems Oracle is eager to hear from the man in charge.

A Reuters' source says Oracle has hired private investigators to try and track the new HP boss down. The company reportedly subpoenaed Apotheker but HP has refused to accept it, claiming Oracle was trying to harass its new CEO. Reuters' source went on to say that Apotheker's lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher also refused to accept the subpoena, adding that if Apotheker is overseas, Oracle will be unable to serve him until he returns to California.

However, conflicting information comes via AllThingsD, which cites its own source in reporting that Oracle hasn't hired any private investigators. Instead, Oracle is employing process servers, which are agents charged with delivering subpoenas to their intended recipient. Process servers can't serve anyone with a subpoena if they're more than 100 miles from the location of the trial, so though they might be looking, they're not exactly looking very far.

Source: Reuters (via Business Insider) and All Things D

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  • Aintry
    It's 10 P.M.. Do you know where your CEO is?
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  • Aintry
    It's 10 P.M.. Do you know where your CEO is?
  • hellwig
    Does he have a Facebook page? Aren't some jurisdictions now serving people online? Maybe he plays WoW or has an Xbox Live account, who knows. Think outside the box people.