- Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant is leaving the company less than a year after coming aboard.
- Bryant came from Intel, where she had a storied 32-year career, most recently leading the $US17 billion data center business.
- Intel is searching for a replacement for former CEO Brian Krzanich – and it’s possible that Bryant is under consideration.
Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant is leaving the company after less than a year, Business Insider has learned.
Bryant joined Google in December, coming off of a 32-year career at chip giant Intel. At Intel, Bryant was the face of the Data Center Group, which booked $US17 billion in revenue in 2016 – a huge business that gave Intel a path towards growth, even as the traditional PC market has shrunk.
For Google, bringing on Bryant was a big deal: Under Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, the search giant has been trying to prove that it has what it takes to sell cloud computing services into the largest businesses. Google Cloud is largely seen as a third-place player behind the leading Amazon Web Services and second-place Microsoft Azure.
Intel reportedly paid Bryant $US4.5 million in a separation agreement at the time she took the COO job at Google.
It’s also worth noting that Intel will reportedly consider recently-departed execs like Bryant as it searches for a replacement to Brian Krzanich, who suddenly stepped down as CEO of the chipmaker in June following an investigation into his relationship with an employee.
Intel declined to comment. Diane Bryant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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