Thomas Kurian

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Thomas Kurian at Oracle OpenWorld in 2010.

Thomas Kurian is President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation.[1]

Early years[edit]

Thomas Kurian hails from the Indian state of Kerala. He came from Pampady village of Kottayam district in kerala.[2] He and his twin brother George 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 oversees Oracle's 3,000-odd product development efforts. He is 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]


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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. 
  9. ^ a b "Thomas Kurian: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  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.