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In this Cloud Wars Minute, Bob announces who the Cloud Wars CEO of the Year is after stirring up a great deal of anticipation over the last week.
00:43 — The Cloud Wars CEO of the Year is Safra Catz of Oracle. Later today, Bob’s Cloud Wars News report will be published. This report includes a one-on-one interview with Catz and lays out in more detail why she was chosen as this year’s top CEO.
01:17 — There are many reasons Catz is the CEO of the Year. Catz has transformed Oracle into becoming the fastest-growing major cloud provider in the world. She has led a huge cultural transformation of the company.
01:47 — Catz joined Oracle 23 years ago to lead its operations and drive the company’s cultural change under Larry Ellison. She was also the company’s CFO for a long time.
02:12 — Only after the passing of Mark Hurd, the previous Oracle CEO, did Catz take over the role and managed to handle her previous responsibilities, too.
02:54 — There is no question that Catz has been the operational power behind Ellison’s throne in the last several years, in addition to leading its sales department.
03:24 — Nvidia’s CEO, Jensen Huang, offered a remarkable testimonial of Catz and her impact, which will be featured in Bob’s Cloud Wars News article later today.
03:57 — Also to be featured in the article later today is Catz’s discussion on the role of being a customer inside Oracle and using its applications, as well as how this informed how the company should operate, ultimately leading the cultural change the organization took on.
04:43 — Catz is a ferocious competitor who brought on a sense of confidence to Oracle as its cloud business began to rise.
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