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Former White House Press Secretary Lockhart Joins Oracle

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Oracle

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named former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart to its senior management team.

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The company said Lockhart's title will be senior vice president, and he will advise Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison on a range of public-affairs issues and other matters.

The company also said Lockhart will divide his time between Oracle's Redwood Shores, Calif., headquarters and an office close to his home in the Washington, D.C., area.

Shares of Oracle were recently up 0.3%, or 6 cents, to $23.25 in trading on the

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