Intel SVP Diane Bryant to Make Jump to Google Cloud as COO
by Josh Anderson
SILICON VALLEY, CA — After a thirty-two year career at Intel, Senior Vice President of Intel’s Data Center Group Diane Bryant is stepping down from her leadership position to join Google Cloud as their new Chief Operating Officer.
Bryant’s career at Intel, where she held roles such as Corporate Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, was somewhat legend. Bryant started out as an engineer before rising through the ranks at Intel, and was notable for helping Intel break into and navigate new market – for example, artificial intelligence. This background will be extremely valuable to Google Cloud, who hopes to woo customers away from rival Amazon Web Services through similar market disruption.
Most recently though, after leading Intel to $17 billion USD in revenue for 2016, Bryant had taken a 7 month leave of absence to tend to a personal family matter, with the expectation of a promotion upon her return. Bryant’s last day with Intel will be today, December 1. Intel will pay Bryant $4.5 million as a separation payment.
“Google Cloud is the most technologically advanced, most highly available, and most open cloud in the world. We are growing at an extraordinary rate as we enable businesses to become smarter with data, increase their agility, collaborate and secure their information,” said Diane Greene, Google Cloud’s CEO. “Diane’s strategic acumen, technical knowledge and client focus will prove invaluable as we accelerate the scale and reach of Google Cloud. I am personally looking forward to working closely with Diane Bryant as we enter what promises to be a great 2018 for Google Cloud.”
Navin Shenoy has served as Intel’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Group since Bryant departed for her leave of absence in May and will continue to serve in the role for the time being. “We are extremely grateful for Diane’s contributions to Intel over the last 32 years, and wish her well with her new opportunity,” was Intel’s official comment on Bryant’s departure.
Industry observers are pointing out that this announcement stole a bit of thunder from Amazon Web Services, which is currently. holding their annual cloud computing conference in Las Vegas. This also comes on the heels of the similar announcement by HPE’s Meg Whitman, who is stepping down from her leadership role.
Bryant, who also served on the board of United Technologies, Bryant has been known for her efforts to mentor and sponsor women working in the science and technology sector.
Bryant’s bio from her website reads as follows: A tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities, Bryant has served as the executive sponsor of the Network of Intel African American Employees and on the technical board of the Anita Borg Institute. She was named among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, World Affairs and its Global Philanthropy Forum honored Bryant with its Global Citizen Award. Business Insider ranked Bryant #32 in the list of “Silicon Valley 100” of 2016. She is an Intel spokesperson for STEM education, and established the Diane Bryant endowed scholarship fund for Diversity in Engineering at U.C. Davis. In 2017, U.C. Davis honored Bryant with “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.”