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Today, we’ll have an inside look at Oracle’s “hatchet man,” and how he got the name.
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1.Tasked with cutting costs, Oracle’s new marketing team leader has been dubbed “hatchet man.” Oracle’s marketing team “imploded” following layoffs and the departure of its CMO this summer. NetSuite exec Jason Maynard was tapped to oversee the new, slimmed down organization — but some insiders are skeptical.
–Maynard’s new directive is to keep costs down, current and former employees said. With a background in finance and a laser-focus on revenue, sources say Maynard may be the right person, at the right time, to lead Oracle’s sales operations and marketing.
–However, some employees have raised concerns, citing his lack of communication and enterprise expertise: Since Maynard’s appointment as the head of Revenue Operations, he has only had one call with his staff, according to a person familiar with the situation.
–That lack of communication has contributed to the “complete chaos” sources described to us following widespread layoffs in August.
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