Safra Catz Has Long Been Oracle’s Secret Weapon

Oracle CEO Safra Catz, one of the most powerful women in tech, has managed to develop a sense of humor in her time in the industry.

During the 2004 trial over the Justice Department’s bid to stop Oracle’s hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, Catz — then the database giant’s co-president — testified about an internal Oracle sales program aimed at the company’s German arch-rival, SAP. It was code-named “Kill SAP.”

“It’s a little military,” Catz quipped in her testimony, “but our guys get excited.”

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