Former Oracle executive Wookey joins SAP

Enterprise software applications giant SAP hires former Oracle executive John Wookey, a little over a year after the executive leaves SAP's major rival.

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Longtime Oracle executive John Wookey joined SAP on Monday as executive vice president of Large Enterprise On Demand, in a move that will pit him directly against his former employer.

Former Oracle executive John Wookey has joined SAP. Stephen Shankland/CNET News

Wookey, who served as Oracle's senior vice president of applications development for 12 years, left the enterprise software applications maker 13 months ago. Prior to his departure, he was responsible for Oracle's Fusion initiative, which seeks to take the best features of its acquisitions and meld them together to create new offerings.

Under his new role, Wookey will work with several large SAP enterprise on-demand offerings, such as SAP CRM on-demand, and develop additional applications relating to that work.

"Wookey's vision, expertise, and impressive track record will not only help us take SAP to new heights, but will also further underscore our position as the world's leading enterprise software company," the company said in a statement.

And while most companies have non-compete clauses, as part of their severance package to executives, an SAP spokesman said that will not be a problem with Wookey.

Oracle declined to comment on Wookey's new role at SAP.