Thomas Kurian

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Thomas Kurian at Oracle OpenWorld in 2010.

Thomas Kurian was President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation from 1996 to 2018. On November 16, 2018, Google announced that Kurian would join as CEO of Google Cloud, replacing Diane Greene.[1]

Early years[edit]

Thomas Kurian came from Pampady village of Kottayam district in Kerala, India.[2] He and his twin brother George Kurian came to the United States in 1986 to study at Princeton.[3]

Kurian was accepted to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India[2] where he spent 6 months before deciding to pursue his bachelor's education in the United States at Princeton. He possesses a BS in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.[4]

Prior to Oracle, Kurian worked with McKinsey and Company as a consultant serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.[4]


Kurian joined Oracle in 1996, initially holding various product management and development positions.

His first executive role was as Vice-President of Oracle's e-Business division, driving a number of company-wide initiatives focused on transforming Oracle into an e-Business.

Next Kurian took responsibility for the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family. Under Mr. Kurian’s leadership, that business became the company's fastest-growing business and the industry’s leading middleware product suite.[4][5][6][7][8]

Later, Mr. Kurian served as a Senior Vice President of Oracle's Server Technologies Division responsible for the development and delivery of Oracle Application Servers. He played a key role in bringing Oracle 9i application server to market.[9][10] Application server software became Oracle's fastest-growing business primarily because of his efforts.[3]

As the President of Product Development, he oversaw Oracle's 3,000-odd product development efforts. He was responsible for development and delivery of Oracle’s software product portfolio including Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and ERP, CRM, and supply chain management applications. [4] [9][11][12] [13]

Thomas Kurian was the 18th highest-paid man in the US in 2010, according to CNN.[14] He was also the 5th highest-paid tech executive in 2010.[15]

On September 6, 2018, Kurian announced he was taking extended time off from the company.[16]

On September 28, 2018 he resigned from his current designation as president of product development at Oracle.[17]


On November 16, 2018 it was announced that Kurian would be joining Google's Cloud organization on November 26, 2018 as the SVP of Google Cloud (and eventually CEO of Google Cloud in January 2019), replacing Diane Greene.


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  6. ^ "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects". 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  7. ^ "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic SOA-Style Application Projects". 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  8. ^ "Magic Quadrant for Shared SOA Interoperability Infrastructure Projects". 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
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  10. ^ "2007 JavaOne Conference -General Session Speakers". 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  11. ^ "Kurian Thomas profile". 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  12. ^ E. Abraham Mathew and Srinivas R (2011-05-16). "For Oracle every revolution is an evolution". CIOL Interviews. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  13. ^ "Oracle's Software Development Reins in New Hands". PCWorld Business Center. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  14. ^ "25 highest-paid men - Thomas Kurian (18)". FORTUNE. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  15. ^ Horn, Leslie (2011-11-10). "Oracle Execs, Apple's Tim Cook Among Highest-Paid in Tech". Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  16. ^ Jay Greene (2018-09-06). "Top Oracle Software Executive to Take Extended Leave". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
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