Safra A. Catz

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Safra A. Catz
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Safra Catz, September 2010
Born Safra Ada Catz
(1961-12-01) December 1, 1961 (age 52)
Holon, Israel
Occupation Co-President and Chief Financial Officer, Oracle Corporation
Years active Since 1986 (1986)
Salary US$51.7 million (2011, in total compensation)[1]
Spouse(s) Gal Tirosh

Safra Ada Catz (born December 1, 1961) is an Israeli-born American business executive. She has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. Since April 2011 she has been Co-President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to founder/CEO Larry Ellison.[2]


Catz earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986.[3] She was a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette,[4] joining in 1986;[citation needed] she became a Managing Director in 1997.[citation needed]

Catz joined Oracle Corporation in April 1999.[2] Catz became a member of the company's Board of Directors in October 2001 and President of Oracle Corporation in early 2004.[2][5] She is credited for having driven Oracle's 2005 efforts to acquire software rival PeopleSoft in a $10.3 billion takeover.[4] Catz is also the company's Chief Financial Officer, serving temporarily in that role from November 2005 to September 2008, and from April 2011 to the present.[2] Mark Hurd joined her as Co-President in 2010.[2]

In 2009 she was ranked by Fortune as the 12th most powerful woman in business.[6] In 2009 she was also ranked by Forbes as the 16th most powerful business-woman.[7] According to an Equilar analysis published by Fortune, she was in 2011 the highest-paid woman among Fortune 1000 companies, receiving an estimated US$51,695,742 in total remuneration.[1]

Catz has been a director of HSBC Group since May 2008.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Catz was born in Holon, Israel,[3] to Jewish parents.[8] She moved from Israel to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six. She graduated from Brookline High School.[6]

Catz is married to Gal Tirosh and has two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b "25 highest-paid women - Safra A. Catz". Fortune. CNNMoney. September 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-30.  [dated info]
  2. ^ a b c d e Oracle Co-President Safra Catz Adds CFO Duties as Jeff Epstein Leaves, an April 25, 2011 article from
  3. ^ a b c Rochelle Garner (2006-12-19). "Heir apparent at Oracle is credited with growth strategy". International Herald Tribune. 
  4. ^ a b Safra Catz from the Forbes 2005 list of The Most Powerful Women. Retrieved on 2012-09-30.
  5. ^ Safra A. Catz | Executive Biography from
  6. ^ a b Lashinsky, Adam (September 28, 2009). "The Enforcer". Fortune 160 (6): 117–124. 
  7. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". August 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ruth Eglash (August 23, 2012). "Jewish women who rule! (according to Forbes)". Jpost. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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