Aggressive Oracle plays musical chairs

Aggressive acquisitor Oracle Corporation has reshuffled its top antipodean management with current Australian and New Zealand MD Brian Mitchell dispatched to Asia to "lead merger and acquisition activity and integration across the Asia-Pacific".

Leigh Warren, who has been serving as Oracle's Asia Pacific (APAC) business development chief with a specific brief to push the vendor's Linux offerings in the region, will replace Mitchell.

Mitchell will continue to be based in Sydney and will report directly to Oracle's APAC executive vice president Derek Williams, while Warren will report to APAC "head of geographies" Keith Budge.

Mitchell's brief is to bolster the database vendor's applications offerings, buying them as and when necessary, according to a statement from Williams.

"Oracle is committed to growing its share of the Asia Pacific market through organic growth and acquisition. This new role will give Oracle the opportunity to use Brian's skills to stimulate business growth through mergers and acquisitions across the region, particularly in expanding our applications business," Williams said.

Oracle cited first quarter FY05 results of 26 per cent revenue growth from new licences and database technology sales over the same period up 27 per cent. The vendor claims its grid computing and Linux offerings - with deployments across the financial, government and utilities sectors - were the drivers.

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