An American Corporate Executive, Safra A. Catz is the co-CEO of Oracle Corporation, along with Mark Hurd and has been its board member since 2001. Among the thousand Fortune companies, Catz is the highest-paid women executive.
Born to Jewish parents in Holon, Israel on 1st December 1961, Catz did her schooling from Brookline High School. She then completed her bachelorette from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 1986, she obtained a degree in Juris Doctor from this university.
Catz’s career began at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1986 as a banker. With her intellect and strong feminine character, she became the Managing Director and subsequently rose to the position of Senior Vice-President. As an Independent Non-executive Director, she worked with Hyperion Solutions Corporation. She was also made a member on the Executive Council of Technet. Then again in PeopleSoft Inc., she was the director. This was just the beginning.
Safra’s career rose beyond her expectations when she joined Oracle Corporation 1999. Her resilience was the cause of her first growth and her performance resulted in making her unique form the others. In October 2001, she was already on the Board of Directors. 3 years from then, she was honoured with the position of Oracle’s President.
Catz temporarily served as Oracle’s Chief Financial Officer and finally in 2014, along with Mark Hurd, she became the co-CEO. Having the entire responsibility of handling every decision of the company, starting from legal to finance, and then manufacturing, Catz has always played her remarkable role. She was also made a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Currently, she is also the Director of HSBC Group.
Fortune ranked Catz as the 12th most powerful women in business and Forbes featured her as the 16th most powerful businesswomen. Her incredible journey and the series of achievements is the result of her brilliant thinking power. She was awarded by the US government a sum of $10.5 million in special equity along with her promotion. She is now tasked with expanding Oracle’s operations in Romania beyond the capital city Bucharest.
Safra has always been a much-focused person from a very young age. Always aware of her goals, Safra approached her academic pursuits with deep love. She has learned a lot on how to expand a software company and that has ultimately brought her to Oracle. Her real work has always been to make the entire organization run on strict policies that were already set by the Oracle’s former co-founder and executive chairman, Larry Ellison.
Despite getting so much fame and power, Safra has remained generous and humble throughout her profession. Her life is a book of good lessons that one can look at. Leadership has always been the key to her success.
In 2016, she donated a large amount to the campaign of Marco Rubio. In 2017 December, Catz was elected to the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company. As of 2019, her net worth is $1.1 billion.