Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Oracle Corp. president Charles Phillips has learned that lesson in a very public way.
Huge billboards depicting the married software executive with YaVaughnie Wilkins, his former mistress, appeared this week in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, setting tabloid tongues wagging.
The billboards with the words "You are my soulmate forever!" appeared to be an attempt by Ms. Wilkins to embarrass Mr. Phillips after their relationship ended and he returned to his wife.
"I had an 8 1/2-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. My divorce proceedings began in 2008. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended and we both wish each other well," Mr. Phillips, 50, said in a statement released through a spokeswoman.
The spokeswoman would not elaborate on the status of Mr. Phillips' marriage.
The billboard in New York was dismantled on Friday.
Ms. Wilkins could not be reached by telephone or e-mail for comment. A spokeswoman for ClearChannel, which operates the billboards, said the company had no comment.
Mr. Phillips, who is also a member of Oracle's board of directors, joined the software company in 2003. Before that, he worked for investment bank Morgan Stanley.
In February, 2009, Mr. Phillips was appointed to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board to help provide the Obama administration with economic advice.