Diane Greene announced on Friday, Nov. 16, that she will step down in her CEO position at Google Cloud.
Google Cloud is a suite of cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products. It provides a series of modular cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics, and machine learning.
Google has a sign of inability to gain a foothold in the market. Not until Google became serious in Google cloud with the help of Diane Greene. During Greene’s rein, Google Cloud gains market share as well as mindshare.
Greene helped and really transformed Google Cloud. She made Google Cloud division an independent platform and attract customer like Twitter and HSBC. She led the partnerships with key ecosystem players like SAP.
Diane co-founded VMware, Inc., a virtualization software company, in 1998 and took the company public in 2007. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of VMware from 1998 to 2008, as a member of the board of directors of VMware from 2007 to 2008, and as an Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions and services, from 2005 to 2008.
Greene has served as a member of Alphabet’s board of directors since October 2015 and has served as a member of Google’s board of directors since January 2012. Diane has also been a member of the board of directors of Intuit Inc., a provider of business and financial management solutions, since August 2006 and serves on its audit and risk committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.
Prior to VMware, Diane held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics Inc., a provider of technical computing, storage and data center solutions, Tandem Computers, Inc., a manufacturer of computer systems, and Sybase Inc., an enterprise software and services company, and was Chief Executive Officer of VXtreme, Inc., a developer of streaming media solutions. Diane is also a member of The MIT Corporation, the governing body of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Greene recently announced her departure and said that she wants to spend more time mentoring and investing in women tech entrepreneurs. She will continue her Alphabet board seat.
Thomas Kurian, President of Oracle’s Product Organization will succeed Diane. Although Kurian’s background was not aligned with Google, he has the experience and knowledge Google was looking for. Diane will stay until the first of next year to help Kurian.