Safra Catz

Safra Catz
Born (1961-12-01) December 1, 1961
Holon, Israel
Education University of Pennsylvania (BA, JD)
Occupation Co-CEO of Oracle
Salary US$53.2 million (2014)[1]
Net worth US$510 million (2016)[2]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gal Tirosh
Children 2

Safra A. Catz (Hebrew: צפרא כץ, born December 1, 1961) is an Israeli-born American business executive. She has been an executive at Oracle Corporation since April 1999, and a board member since 2001. In April 2011 she was named co-president and chief financial officer, reporting to founder/CTO Larry Ellison.[3] On September 18, 2014 Oracle announced that Larry Ellison will step down as CEO and that Mark Hurd and Safra Catz have been named as the new CEOs.[4]

Early life

Catz was born in Holon, Israel,[5] to Jewish parents.[6][7] Her father was an immigrant from Romania.[8] She moved from Israel to Brookline, Massachusetts at the age of six.

Catz graduated from Brookline High School.[9] She earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986.[5][10]


Catz was a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette,[11] joining in 1986; Catz served as a managing director from February 1997 to March 1999 and a senior vice president from January 1994 to February 1997 and previously held various investment banking positions since 1986. She has been a non-executive director of Hyperion Solutions since April 14, 2007.[12] She has been a member of the executive council of TechNet since March 14, 2013. She served as a director of PeopleSoft Inc. since December 30, 2004 and Stellent Inc. since December 12, 2006.

Catz joined Oracle Corporation in April 1999.[3] Catz became a member of the company's Board of Directors in October 2001 and President of Oracle Corporation in early 2004.[3][13] She is credited for having driven Oracle's 2005 efforts to acquire software rival PeopleSoft in a $10.3 billion takeover.[11] Catz is also the company's Chief Financial Officer, serving temporarily in that role from November 2005 to September 2008, and from April 2011 to the present.[3] Mark Hurd joined her as Co-President in 2010.[3]

In 2009 she was ranked by Fortune as the 12th most powerful woman in business.[9] In 2009 she was also ranked by Forbes as the 16th most powerful business-woman.[14] In 2014, she was ranked at #24.[15] According to an Equilar analysis published by Fortune, she was in 2011 the highest-paid woman among Fortune 1000 companies, receiving an estimated US$51,695,742 in total remuneration.[16]

Catz is a lecturer in accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[17] Catz was a director of HSBC Group from 2008 to 2015.[18]

After the election of Donald Trump, Catz was one of several high-profile CEOs, including, among others, Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg and Jeff Bezos, invited to talk with the then president-elect about potentially taking up a position in the incoming administration.[19] According to Bloomberg, she was considered for the post of U.S. Trade Representative or Director of National Intelligence.[19]

Catz is the highest paid female CEO of any U.S. company as of April 2017, earning $40.9 million after a 23% drop in her total compensation relative to 2016.[20]

Catz was elected to the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company on December 7, 2017, effective on February 1, 2018.[21]

Personal life

Catz is married to Gal Tirosh and has two sons, Scott and Gary.[5]


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