John Gapper Tell us what you really think of HP, Larry

What is it with Silicon Valley bosses and email? First it was Steve Jobs of Apple telling a student to “please leave us alone” and now Larry Ellison of Oracle has sent out his frank views of the appointment of Léo Apotheker as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.

Mr Ellison emailed the FT with the following blast:

“SAP has already publicly confessed and accepted financial responsibility for systematically stealing Oracle’s intellectual property over a long period of time. Much of this industrial espionage and intellectual property theft occurred while Léo was CEO of SAP.

“The HP board must have been aware of these facts, yet they appointed Léo CEO of HP anyway. What happened to ‘The HP Way’ [the corporate creed published by HP founder Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett]?”

Meanwhile, he emailed the Wall Street Journal as follows:

“I’m speechless. HP had several good internal candidates…but instead they pick a guy who was recently fired because he did such a bad job of running SAP.”

Mr Ellison’s outrage that the HP board pushed out Mark Hurd, its former chief executive (to whom he has since given a job) has obviously not abated.

What with Mr Jobs, Mr Ellison and Carol Bartz of Yahoo, noone can complain that technology chief executives are afraid to say – or to email – what is on their minds.