Intel’s Diane Bryant jumps over to Google Cloud
Diane Bryant’s leave of absence at Intel has become permanent, as she’s joining Google Cloud as COO, working with Diane Greene – reports Enterprise Cloud News (Banking Technology’s sister publication).
Greene, CEO of Google Cloud Platform, announced the news on Google’s corporate blog.
Bryant, formerly the executive vice-president in charge of Intel’s Data Centre Group (DCG), notified the chipmaker that she wouldn’t be returning from a leave of absence that began in May, according to an SEC filing. Her last day at Intel was on 1 December.
She’ll join Greene, who co-founded VMware, in Google Cloud’s mission to make Google more relevant to enterprise customers.
It’s a bit of a coup for Google. Bryant, a 32-year Intel veteran, was in a highly visible position, using DCG to make Intel more relevant to cloud operators and service providers. In 2016, DCG drew revenues of $17.2 billion, or 29% of Intel’s total sales. The only group larger is the Client Computing Group (CCG), which includes PC processors and represented 55% of 2016 sales.
Bryant’s leave of absence, due to a family matter, was announced in early May and was expected to last six to eight months – meaning it would have ended right about now.
Given the length of the absence, Intel chose to replace Bryant at DCG with Navin Shenoy, the senior vice-president of the CCG. CEO Brian Krzanich, in a letter to employees, noted that Bryant would eventually be welcomed back into “her next challenging role”.
Bryant will receive a separation payment of $4.5 million from Intel, according to the SEC filing.