Google Cloud CEO to be replaced by former Oracle exec

19 November 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Diane Greene (pictured above), the CEO of Google Cloud, is leaving the company to pursue her passions around mentoring and education, to be replaced by Thomas Kurian.

In a blog post penned by Greene, she said that the mentoring would include investing in and helping female founder CEOs who have engineering or science background. Adding that she wants to “encourage every woman engineer and scientist to think in terms of building their own company someday. The world will be a better place with more female founder CEOs”.

As for her work in education Greene said that she will focus on initiatives that combine technology and face-to-face teaching to create high-quality education that is low-cost, scalable and personalised.

Stepping into Greene’s shoes is Thomas Kurian (pictured below) an industry veteran who served as president of product development at Oracle for 22 years. Kurian will enter the role 26 November and Greene will stay on through January working alongside Kurian to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, Greene will remain a director on the Alphabet board, Google’s parent company.

"I'm excited to join the fantastic Google Cloud team at this important and promising time. I'm looking forward to building on the success of recent years as it enters its next phase of growth."

Under Greene’s leadership Google Cloud has grown from having only two largescale customers and a number of startups to securing Fortune 1000 enterprises onto its platform. In addition, she oversaw the integration of sales, marketing, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Google Apps/G Suite into what is now called Google Cloud. The company also established a training and professional services organisation and helped enterprises adopt AI through its Advanced Solutions Lab.

“In a few short years, under Diane’s leadership, cloud has become an incredible business built on Google’s decades of investment in infrastructure, data security and AI, said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. “Today those investments are available to everyone and truly changing the way people work. I have deep appreciation for everything Diane has done and I’m super happy that we’ll continue to benefit from her wisdom as she continues serving on our board of directors. We’re really excited to welcome Thomas whose product vision, customer focus, and deep expertise will be a huge asset to our growing cloud business.”