Safra Catz

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Safra Catz
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Born (1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 50)
Holon, Israel
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA, JD)
OccupationCEO of Oracle
Net worthUS$1.1 billion (2019)[1]
Spouse(s)Gal Tirosh

Safra A. Catz (Hebrew: צפרא כץ, born December 1, 1961) is an Israeli-born American banker and technology executive. She is the current CEO of Oracle Corporation. She has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. In April 2011, she was named co-President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting to founder Larry Ellison.[3] On September 18, 2014, Oracle announced that Larry Ellison would step down as CEO and that Mark Hurd and Catz had been named as the new Chief Executives.[4]

Early life[edit]

Catz was born in Holon, Israel,[5] to Jewish parents.[6][7] Her father was an immigrant from Romania.[8] She moved from Israel to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six.

Catz graduated from Brookline High School.[9] She 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.[5][10]


Catz was a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette,[11] joining in 1986;[citation needed] Catz served as a managing director from February 1997 to March 1999 and a senior vice president from January 1994 to February 1997 and previously held various investment banking positions since 1986. She has been a non-executive director of Oracle subisidary Hyperion Solutions since April 14, 2007.[12] She has been a member of the executive council of TechNet since March 14, 2013. She served as a director of PeopleSoft Inc. since December 30, 2004 and Stellent Inc. since December 12, 2006.[13][14]

Catz joined Oracle Corporation in April 1999.[3] Catz became a member of the company's Board of Directors in October 2001 and President of Oracle Corporation in early 2004.[3][15] She is credited for having driven Oracle's 2005 efforts to acquire software rival PeopleSoft in a $10.3 billion takeover.[11] 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.[3] Mark Hurd joined her as Co-President in 2010.[3]

In 2009 she was ranked by Fortune as the 12th most powerful woman in business.[9] In 2009 she was also ranked by Forbes as the 16th most powerful business-woman.[16] In 2014, she was ranked at #24.[17] 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.[18]

Catz is a lecturer in accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[19] Catz was a director of HSBC Group from 2008 to 2015.[20]

After the election of Donald Trump, Catz was one of several high-profile CEOs, including Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg and internet entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, invited to talk with the then president-elect about potentially taking up a position in the incoming administration.[21] According to Bloomberg, she was considered for the post of U.S. Trade Representative or Director of National Intelligence.[21]

Catz is the highest paid female CEO of any U.S. company as of April 2017, earning $40.9 million after a 23% drop in her total compensation relative to 2016.[22]

Catz was elected to the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company on December 7, 2017, effective on February 1, 2018.[23]

Political involvement[edit]

During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Catz donated to the campaign of Marco Rubio.[24] She later served on President Donald Trump's transition team,[25][26] and media outlets frequently mentioned her as a potential official in the Trump administration.[27][28][24] During the 2018 election cycle, Catz donated over $150,000 to Republican-aligned groups and individuals,[29] including Congressman Devin Nunes.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Catz is married to Gal Tirosh and has two sons.[5]


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  13. ^ Workday’s $10B plan to outsell Oracle. Accounting Today.
  14. ^ Quiénes son las madres tecnológicas más poderosas del mundo, by Desiree Jaimovich. Infobae.
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  20. ^ Szu Ping Chan and Tim Wallace (13 November 2015). "HSBC board shake-up brings former Diageo boss Paul Walsh aboard". Daily Telegraph.
  21. ^ a b "Trump Team Talked to Oracle's Safra Catz About an Administration Post". 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
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  23. ^ James, Meg (December 7, 2017). "Disney adds two board members from tech world". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
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  25. ^ Conger, Kate. "Oracle CEO Safra Catz joins Trump Transition Team". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  26. ^ Solon, Olivia (December 21, 2016). "Oracle executive publicly resigns after CEO joins Trump's transition team". The Guardian. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  27. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra; Rafferty, Andrew (November 17, 2016). "Romney May Be in, Gingrich Out of Trump Cabinet". NBC News.
  28. ^ "Report: Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz could replace McMaster as Trump's National Security Adviser". Silicon Valley Business Journal. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  29. ^ Reklaitis, Victor; Marriner, Katie (October 22, 2018). "How America's top CEOs are spending their own money on the midterm elections". Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  30. ^ Markay, Lachlan; Stein, Sam (February 12, 2018). "The Silicon Valley Giant Bankrolling Devin Nunes". Daily Beast. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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