Diane Bryant, chief operating officer of Google’s cloud business unit, has stepped down amid rumours that she may be returning to chipmaker Intel as the next CEO.
Diane Bryant was the head of Intel’s data center unit till one year back. Intel is searching for a new chief executive officer as the replacement for Brian Krzanich. Brian Krzanich resigned as the CEO of Intel last month after a probe of a relationship he had with another Intel employee that violated a company anti-fraternization policy.
Google Cloud, the unit of Alphabet that competes against Amazon.com and Microsoft Corp to sell computing services to businesses, confirmed on Tuesday that Diane Bryant had departed, Reuters reported. Diane Bryant left Intel in 2017 and joined Google’s cloud unit as chief operating officer later that year.
Google said it was grateful for the contributions Diane Bryant made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit.”
Intel, which celebrated 50 years anniversary this month, has never appointed an outsider as CEO, instead drawing on long-time top executives.
Before she departed Intel, Diane Bryant oversaw the company’s data center group, selling chips to large customers like Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Such data centric chip sales have grown to account for half of Intel’s revenue.