REDWOOD SHORES, CA: Oracle has named Bob Wynne as VP of corporate communications, a position he has held on an interim basis since predecessor Jeff Lettes left the company in April.
Lettes had held the job for three months, replacing Jim Finn, who left Oracle for IBM. Wynne, who reports to president Charles Phillips, joined Oracle in April 2004 as a senior member of the communications team.
Wynne now manages the software company's global and internal PR, analyst relations, and competitive intelligence. "Today, power in the hands of the customer," said Wynne. "And the customer wants two things ? simplicity and value. They want Oracle to take their complex IT problems and provide simple, complete solutions. And they want it done in a way that provides value over time for them. PR's role is to effectively communicate just how Oracle is providing simplicity and value."
Prior to joining Oracle, Wynne was deputy MD of Edelman's San Francisco office. He has also worked for Singer Associates and Bank of America. Before practicing PR, Wynne was a journalist with newspapers in California and Washington. Wynne joined just before the start of PeopleSoft's antitrust trial against Oracle, part of the company's effort to halt Oracle's hostile takeover bid.
Oracle eventually prevailed, acquiring PeopleSoft in January. Oracle will see another high profile, yet much less contentious, acquisition come to fruition next year when it acquires Siebel Systems.