Top CEO: Larry Ellison

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The San Francisco Chronicle has chosen Oracle’s Larry Ellison as CEO of the year. Although the Justice Department challenged the Oracle/PeopleSoft merger, Ellison moved doggedly forward, taking the case to federal court and sweetening the bid. Other Bay Area CEOs fared much better in the numbers game, but the Chronicle chose Ellison because of his ability to create a long-term strategy for his company to prevail in a competitive market—and pursue it with determination.

According to Analyst Tad Piper of Piper Jaffray & Co., “Larry Ellison is a technology visionary and someone who has taken a long-term perspective.” Other analysts remain skeptical, saying that we won’t know for years whether Ellison’s aggressive strategy really works.

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As Pythian’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul leads this center of excellence for expert, outsourced technical services for companies whose systems are directly tied to revenue growth and business success. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 400 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul, who started his career as a data scientist, founded Pythian when he was 25 years old. In addition to driving the business, Paul is a vocal proponent of diversity in the workplace, human rights, and economic empowerment. He supports his commitment through Pythian’s hiring and retention practices, his role as board member for the Basic Income Canada Network, and as a supporter of women in technology.

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