Thomas Kurian, who is in charge of expanding the company’s cloud computing at Oracle, has resigned. Kurian said in September that he was going on extended leave.

An Oracle spokesman said in September that Kurian was expected to return soon. It is unknown why he then decided to take leave. T.K. Anand, who has worked at Oracle since June, took over many of his responsibilities. That promotion would only be temporary, until Kurian came back.

Now Kurian has resigned, reports Business Insider. Rumor has it that this is because he had a conflict with Ellison about the direction the company was going in with cloud computing.

Whether Anand will keep his promotion at Oracle is unknown. Several other top people have also taken over parts of Kurian’s tasks. Before joining Oracle, Anand spent 22 years at Microsoft as an engineer. He was also the general manager of the cloud department at Microsoft.

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Kurian has worked at Oracle since 1996. He worked so closely with CEO Larry Ellison that there were rumors that Kurian would become CEO when Ellison retired. Officially, Kurian would have resigned on September 28th. He would have left to work on “other opportunities”.

Kurian said in September to go on “extended leave”. In an e-mail to his employees, however, he seemed to be saying goodbye. I am very proud of what we have achieved together and thankful to have had the opportunity to help you with this journey, says Kurian in the mail.

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