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VMware CoFounder Diane Greene To Head New Google Cloud Biz

Google yesterday said it is combining its various cloud groups and has tapped VMware Diane Greene to lead its newly reorganized group. Greene will run a new group that includes Google for Work, the Google Cloud Platform and Google Apps.  Bebop, the startup Greene has been running, has also been acquired by Google.

The move will provide a more coordinated group, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in a post on the company's blog. "This new business will bring together product, engineering, marketing and sales and allow us to operate in a much more integrated, coordinated fashion," Pichai said. It also brings one of the IT industry's most influential women back into the fold, more than seven years after she was ousted as VMware's CEO by EMC CEO Joe Tucci, when the two failed to see eye to eye.

Greene has since kept a lower profile though she did join Google's Board of Directors three years ago and will remain there, according to Pichai's post. "Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way people live and work, and there is no better person to lead this important area," he said.

Pichai described the startup that Greene was running and now Google has acquired, Bebop, as a new development platform to build and maintain enterprise apps. "Bebop and its stellar team will help us provide integrated cloud products at every level: end-user platforms like Android and Chromebooks, infrastructure and services in Google Cloud Platform, developer frameworks for mobile and enterprise users, and end-user applications like Gmail and Docs," Pichai said. "Both Diane and the Bebop team will join Google upon close of the acquisition."

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 11/20/2015 at 9:11 AM


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