Former Oracle co-president Charles Phillips emerged as CEO of ERP software vendor Infor on Monday, about six weeks after he was replaced at Oracle by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd.
Phillips' last year at Oracle was marked by a number of public missteps, but he is widely viewed as a key driver behind Oracle's successful string of acquisitions. This makes him a good fit for Infor, which itself has reached roughly US$2 billion in revenue and 70,000 customers by purchasing a slew of smaller vendors.
In a statement, Phillips said he was eager to lead Infor "through its next phase of growth."
He will succeed Jim Schaper, who will remain chairman of Infor.
Phillips arrives at Infor as the vendor prepares to release a next-generation set of applications in January. It has also recently moved to align itself more closely with Microsoft technologies for collaboration, BI (business intelligence), identity management and RIA (rich Internet applications).
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