REDWOOD SHORES, CA: Global corporate communications VP Jim Finn has left Oracle just as the enterprise-software giant is on the verge of finalizing its acquisition of rival PeopleSoft.
"I've been doing this for three-and-a-half years," said Finn. "Now seemed like a good time to move on." He explained that his family lives in Connecticut and that the cross-country commute had exhausted him.
Finn said the parting was amicable and that he'll take time off before deciding his next move.
Oracle has yet to make any decisions as to who will replace Finn, either in the interim or permanently.
Finn isn't the only recent senior exit from Oracle's communications team. VP of external affairs Jennifer Glass recently left to take a corporate communications job with Sony in New York. And a year ago, Dave Samson, VP of international PR and executive communications, left to join ChevronTexaco as GM of public affairs.
Finn promoted Kristin Hollins to take on Samson's role. He also hired Bob Wynne as VP of strategic media relations to handle that aspect of Samson's job.
Oracle's first hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft came in June 2003. PeopleSoft accepted Oracle's latest offer in December.
Finn was heavily involved in the very public and contentious 18-month takeover battle, from crafting communications plans to being company spokesman.
On January 14, Oracle plans to announce staff cuts as a result of the acquisition, at which time PeopleSoft's PR staffers will learn if they have a future with Oracle. Oracle will launch the combined company January 18.
Finn's exit is just the latest among communications executives in the Bay Area. At present, Cisco Systems, Google (see PRWeek.com), TiVo, Netflix, and Solectron are all looking for communications heads.