President of Oracle’s (NYSE:ORCL) product development, Thomas Kurian, said in an email to employees that he is taking “extended time off.”
Kurian, who has been with Oracle since October of 1996, has been one of the top executives at the company.
Oracle said to CNBC that Kurian will be taking time away but the amount of time has been unspecified. “He’s taking some time off. We expect him to return soon,” a spokeswoman from Oracle wrote in an email.
CNBC obtained the email that Kurian had written to employees and it discusses him taking “extended time off” and thanking the employees for their work in connection with Oracle’s shift to the cloud.
He wrote, “I am so very proud of all that we have accomplished together and so grateful for having had the opportunity to help you on that journey.”
“I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have worked with me and our development team to help transform our market position as we transition from an on-premise product company to a Cloud-based Services organization,” he also added in the e-mail.
Before moving to Oracle, Kurian had been with McKinsey where he held his current position as well. He has been the president of product development for Oracle since 2015.
Oracle’s (NYSE:ORCL) website has said that Kurian, who reports to CTO Larry Ellison, has been in charge of software development and has been in charge of moving Oracle’s technology to the cloud.
“Under his leadership, that business [Fusion Middleware] became the fastest-growing within Oracle and the industry’s leading middleware product suite,” the biography on the company’s website reads.
Kurian has a twin brother who is also very successful. George Kurian is the president and CEO of NetApp.
Earlier this year the company said it expects to quadruple its number of giant data-center complexes over the next two years
Oracle is expected to report earnings on September 17th.