Lawrence J. Ellison Lawrence J. Ellison has been Chief Executive Officer and a director since he founded Oracle in June 1977. Mr. Ellison served as Chairman of the Board from May 1995 to January 2004 and from May 1990 to October 1992, and President from May 1978 to July 1996. Mr. Ellison has been a member of the Executive Committee since December 1985.