Feeds

Oracle hires former Clinton spin doctor

Ellison's reputation saved

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Oracle has enlisted the help of a former White House spin doctor to spruce up its press machine.

Joe Lockhart, who was the White House press secretary during Bill Clinton's impeachment tussle, joins the software outfit in a top communications post today. He will get the official title of Oracle senior vice president, reporting directly to Larry Ellison.

"Joe brings perspective and experience not commonly found in Silicon Valley companies," said Ellison in a statement. "Joe will help us clearly and broadly communicate the benefits of e-business and e-government."

Lockhart will keep his Washington abode - where he lives with his wife and daughter - and spend one or two weeks per month in Silicon Valley. It's a hard life...

He got the job of press secretary in October 1998, just as the House of Representatives started buzzing around following the Monica 'keep that dress' Lewinsky sex scandal. He also previously worked on several other US presidential campaigns, including the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign in 1998, and has served time at both Sky TV News and ABC Network News.

But the spin-meister will not deal solely with issues relating to the software business. An unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal he will also be responsible for boosting his bachelor boss's profile regarding non-Oracle activities such as charitable events. ®

Related Stories

Ellison not dead and not leaving Oracle
Ellison: The ego has landed
Gore, Bush campaigns announce 440 IT groupies - each

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.