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Ex-Intel Executive Diane Bryant Joins Google Cloud

GoogleErstwhile Intel data center head Diane Bryant has joined Google Cloud as its chief operating officer (COO).

Diane Greene, Google’s chief executive, announced Bryant’s appointment on Thursday.

Before joining Google Cloud, reports said Bryant was one of Intel’s top executives as head of the company’s data center segment until last year.

Also, Bryant was Intel’s corporate vice president and chief information officer, and as such, she handled infotech solutions and services.

Bryant, however, stepped down last May to attend to “family matters,” according to an Intel press release.

CNBC said Bryant was supposed to be on leave from the company for only six to eight months, but Bryant later notified Intel that she won’t return anymore and would retire instead.

Tremendous Business Focus

Greene, who joined Google Cloud in 2015 as senior vice president, described Bryant as “an engineer with tremendous business focus and an outstanding thirty-year career in technology.”

“I can’t think of a person with more relevant experience and talents.”

Google told TechCrunch that Bryant would be reporting to Greene.

Reports said under Bryant’s leadership, Intel’s data center group posted a staggering $17 billion in revenue in 2016, which is probably one of the factors that prompted Google Cloud to hire Bryant.

(Read: Google Cloud Platform Cuts the Price of GPUs by up to 36%)

Google takes pride in its Cloud platform, calling it “the most technologically advanced, most highly available, and most open cloud in the world.”

Google said the platform is growing fast and has helped enterprises “become smarter with data, increase their agility, collaborate and secure their information.”

The company even plans to open a platform in Hong Kong next year.

(Read: Google to Open Cloud Platform in Hong Kong in 2018)

Greene said Bryant’s expertise and technical knowledge would benefit Google Cloud.

What’s Next?

With Bryant part of the Google Cloud team, the company expects Bryant to contribute to the platform’s continuing growth.

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