Oracle CEO Safra Catz joining Trump’s transition team

Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz is joining Donald Trump’s presidential transition team, becoming the second Silicon Valley representative — Peter Thiel is the other — to join the list of those on the executive committee of the team.

Catz will remain chief executive of the Redwood City company, said Deborah Hellinger, Oracle’s vice president of corporate communications, in an email to SiliconBeat Friday.

The announcement about Catz was made late Thursday by the Trump team, a day after the big meeting between the president-elect and the who’s who of the tech world. Catz was in New York for that meeting at Trump Tower, along with Tim Cook, Larry Page, Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk and others.

Catz, who has donated to political campaigns of Republicans and Democrats, did not appear ill at ease like some of the others who were at Wednesday’s meeting, at least judging by the photos from the event. She had not spoken out against Trump during the campaign, unlike at least a couple of people at the table, such as Musk — who has been named to Trump’s business advisory team anyway — and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, for example. Some of the others at the table had publicly supported Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

In addition, Catz had met with Trump before this week’s meeting, as Pat May wrote here last month. That meeting set off speculation that the longtime Oracle executive would be named to his cabinet.

The meeting between Trump, the tech bigwigs and Trump’s team — including three of his children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — was said to have gone well enough. As Michelle Quinn wrote here, Trump praised the 13 tech executives who attended — a far cry from the criticism he had lobbed the tech industry’s way during his campaign.

According to Recode’s Kara Swisher’s unnamed sources, the topics mentioned at the meeting included the following:

  • Immigration and H-1B visas, reportedly brought up by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
  • STEM education, reportedly brought up by Cook and by Sandberg, who also brought up maternity leave.
  • The government’s IT infrastructure, which Google Chairman Eric Schmidt called antiquated and unsafe.
  • How China makes things difficult for U.S. companies, reportedly brought up by Bezos.
  • Climate change, perhaps at other meetings at Trump Tower, reportedly brought up by Musk.
  • Repatriation and taxes, brought up by an unnamed person.

Oracle’s Catz reportedly talked about the cloud, “which she characterized as a little hyped,” according to Recode.


Photo: Oracle CEO Safra Catz speaks during a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and other technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 14, 2016. (Evan Vucci/AP)


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  • noh1bvisas

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  • usulnet

    No Mrs. Catz, Oracle’s cloud is “a little hyped”, others like Azure or AWS are far more beneficial for a lot of situations. Now Oracle’s dominance in government systems with their antiquated EBS software is worth looking into as Eric Schmidt mentioned.