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Oracle exec flies out to Iraq to help with rebuilding

Oracle's senior vice president of homeland security solutions is taking a leave of absence to serve as chief operating officer...

Oracle's senior vice president of homeland security solutions is taking a leave of absence to serve as chief operating officer for the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Joseph "Keith" Kellogg joined Oracle in July as part of the company's efforts to bolster its government sales.

"The leadership skills and character traits that made Keith the right person for this mission are the same ones that prompted Oracle to hire him to lead our homeland security team after he retired in July from a 32-year military career," said Oracle spokesman L Paul Bremer.

Kellogg is not rejoining the army, but will be working for the Coalition Provisional Authority as a US citizen. Kellogg is expected to leave for Iraq by the end of the month and should be back at Oracle in a few months. His position will not be filled during his absence. 

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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