Oracle has made some changes to its software development leadership.
Executive vice president of product development, Charles Rozwat, is taking a one-year leave of absence and his responsibilities will be assumed by Thomas Kurian, currently senior VP Fusion middleware.
Rozwat, who joined Oracle in 1994, manages "product strategy, development, and delivery of Oracle's software product portfolio", according to his official biography. He is planning to pursue a master's degree at Harvard University, according to a company spokeswoman. Kurian will take over on 1 August.
Rozwat, who could not immediately be reached for comment, recently bought a home in New York for $1.89 million, according to a published report. The spokeswoman could not say whether Rozwat will definitely return to Oracle, or what his future role might be.
It's doubtful that Rozwat is leaving under any sort of cloud, according to Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang. "[He] has been a trusted individual, part of the senior executive team for a long time, and is probably serving as a mentor to Kurian during this process."
Kurian's work on Fusion Middleware is "credited with really putting together the technology pieces that allow [Oracle's] M&A strategy to be successful," Wang said. Oracle recently launched Fusion Middleware 11g with great fanfare.
Kurian "is seen as a technical force" and "knows every product inside and out," he added. "Many of us predicted he would take over applications. It was just a question of when."
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