Oracle Corp. sought Thursday to
put to rest speculation that the software giant is recruiting Bill
Clinton to join its board of directors.
"There are no discussions with Clinton," Oracle spokeswoman
Jennifer Glass said, adding that she didn't know whether there
would be future talks.
The possibility of Clinton filling a vacant seat on the software
giant's board has been rumored at the company's Redwood Shores
headquarters since before the former president left office Jan. 20.
Oracle's November hiring of Clinton's former press spokesman,
Joe Lockhart, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's open admiration of the
former president fueled the speculation.
As reported by The Associated Press on Wednesday, the buzz
intensified this week when Oracle revealed that Clinton had been
hired as the keynote speaker at a company convention in New Orleans
on Feb. 19.
"All that's happened with Oracle is that Oracle asked the
president to come and speak and the president agreed to do so,"
Clinton spokeswoman Julia Payne said.
Clinton's fee for the speech hasn't been disclosed.