Safra A. Catz

Lecturer, Accounting
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Teaching Statement

Safra Catz is co-CEO of Oracle Corporation, where under her leadership, over 85 acquisitions have been completed within the last five years. She has extensive experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at both Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (an investment banking group since 1986) and Oracle Corporation. Ms. Catz is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching "Mergers and Acquisitions: Accounting, Regulatory, and Governance Issues". She brings to this course a wealth of industry knowledge and practical experience. The course covers the basics of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), as well as some of the important lessons learned from the numerous M&A deals that Ms. Catz has advised on throughout her career.


Safra Catz is co-CEO of Oracle Corporation and is responsible for global operations. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President. She has been a member of Oracle’s Board of Directors since October 2001, and she currently serves on Oracle Corporation’s Executive Management Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors for HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. Prior to joining Oracle Corporation, Ms. Catz was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a global investment banking group (since 1986) where she was a Managing Director from February 1997 to March 1999.

Ms. Catz is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Degree Courses


This course provides a comprehensive overview of strategic, economic, accounting and financial issues related to mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, we review the market for corporate control, discuss strategic and governance issues related...