Oracle (ORCL) president Mark Hurd says he has "no interest" in taking the CEO job at longtime rival Dell, which is currently fielding several competing buyout bids from private investors.

Hurd's statement in Japan on Monday seems intended to end speculation in financial circles, which have been buzzing over reports that the private Blackstone Group has approached Hurd about the top job at Dell. Hurd is a former CEO at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which competed head-to-head with Dell in selling personal computers during his five-year tenure at HP.

Oracle President Mark Hurd,(Maria J. Avila Lopez/Mercury News 2010 file photo)
Oracle President Mark Hurd,(Maria J. Avila Lopez/Mercury News 2010 file photo) (Maria J. Avila Lopez)

"I am at Oracle and I am very happy at Oracle. No interest," Hurd said, according to an Oracle spokeswoman who said reporters asked about the Dell reports while he was opening a new Oracle cloud-computing center in Tokyo.

Hurd has said the same thing to associates in private, according to other sources, who confirmed that Hurd had been approached by the Blackstone Group.

Blackstone and billionaire Carl Icahn reportedly have submitted separate offers to Dell's board, which is also mulling a $24.4 billion bid by current CEO and founder Michael Dell to take the company private with backing from the Silver Lake equity firm.

HP saw tremendous growth during Hurd's tenure, passing Dell as the world's leading PC maker, although successors blame him for failing to invest in key areas. Hurd left in 2010 after a female contractor accused him of harassment. HP's board said its investigation found the accusation was unsubstantiated but that Hurd failed to meet company standards.

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