Thomas Kurian hails from the Indian state of Kerala. He came from Pampady village of Kottayam district in kerala. He and his twin brother George came to the United States in 1986 to study at Princeton.
Kurian was accepted to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India where he spent 6 months before deciding to pursue his bachelor’s education in the United States at Princeton. He possesses a BS in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He has an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Prior to Oracle, Kurian worked with McKinsey and Company as a consultant serving clients in the software, telecommunications, and financial services industries.
Kurian joined Oracle in 1996, initially holding various product management and development positions.
His first executive role was as Vice-President of Oracle’s e-Business division, driving a number of company-wide initiatives focused on transforming Oracle into an e-Business.
Next Kurian took responsibility for the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family. Under Mr. Kurian’s leadership, that business became the company’s fastest-growing business and the industry’s leading middleware product suite.
Later, Mr. Kurian served as a Senior Vice President of Oracle’s Server Technologies Division responsible for the development and delivery of Oracle Application Servers. He played a key role in bringing Oracle 9i application server to market. Application server software became Oracle’s fastest-growing business primarily because of his efforts.
As the President of Product Development, he oversees Oracle’s 3,000-odd product development efforts. He is responsible for development and delivery of Oracle’s software product portfolio including Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and ERP, CRM, and supply chain management applications.
Thomas Kurian was the 18th highest-paid man in the US in 2010, according to CNN. He was also the 5th highest-paid tech executive in 2010.