Diane Bryant is leaving Intel to become Google Cloud's new COO

Getty/Joe ScarniciDiane Bryant (left) speaking at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit
  • Diane Bryant is joining Google Cloud as its new Chief Operating Officer.
  • Bryant will be leaving Intel, where she worked for over 30 years.
  • In May, Intel announced that Bryant would be taking a leave of absence from the company for six to eight months to tend to a personal matter.

Diane Bryant is permanently leaving her position at Intel after spending her entire 32-year career there to become Google Cloud’s new Chief Operating Officer.

She had been on a hiatus at Intel since May, when Intel announced that Bryant would be taking a leave of absence in order to “tend to a personal family matter.” Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, said at that time, he expected Bryant to return in six to eight months with a new position to be announced when she returned.

Prior to that break, Bryant became the well-known face of one of Intel’s most important business units. She ran its Data Center Group, which generating $US17 billion in revenue for the company in 2016 and really helped pick up the slack at Intel as the PC industry declined.

She’ll be working for another famous Diane in the tech industry, Diane Greene, who runs Google’s Cloud unit as senior vice president. Bryant cut her teeth as an engineer, worked as a CIO for Intel and was lately helping Intel get into new markets including artificial intelligence. All of that will be directly applicable to what Google is doing with its cloud, where Google hopes to win customers away from cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services with machine learning and artificial intelligence technology.

In fact, this announcement helped Google steal a bit of thunder away from AWS which is holding its big cloud computing conference in Las Vegas this week.

Bryant will be officially leaving Intel as of December 1. Intel will pay $US4.5 million to Bryant as a separation payment, according to CNBC.

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