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Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene at Google Cloud

By Sheetal Sukhija, Arkansas State News
18 Nov 2018, 13:33 GMT+10

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - After quitting his high-profile job at the world's second-largest software maker, Oracle's former Product Development president, Thomas Kurian, has now taken on a new role.

Alphabet owned search engine giant Google has announced that the top Indian-American technologist, Kurian is set to replace Diane Greene as the head of Google's cloud division.

After spending 22 years at the Redwood City, California-based company, Kurian decided to part ways with Oracle in September, where he held the fourth highest leadership position.

At the time, the news stoked fears of growing discord within the company and the disagreements between Kurian and Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison were soon confirmed in reports.

A report in Bloomberg News pointed out that the Oracle cloud supremo, who was once a close confidante of Ellison, had a falling out with him over the future course of the company's cloud business.

The database and applications giant has been trying to transition to cloud computing and Kurian decided to helm the efforts in 2014, when he took on the role as President of Oracles Product Organization.

Now, Google has announced that Kurian has taken on the role of senior vice president for Google Cloud, a role he is set to assume in the coming weeks.

Kurian will replace the current CEO of Google Cloud, Diane Greene, who joined Google three years back and will continue to remain on Alphabet's board.

In a blog post on Friday, Greene announced that she will continue in the role through January to work with Kurian and ensure a smooth transition, after which she will move into investing and philanthropy.

Greene said in a statement, "Kurian, a respected technologist and executive, will be joining Google Cloud on November 26 and transitioning into the Google Cloud leadership role in early 2019."

She added, "We've built a strong business together - set up by integrating sales, marketing, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Google Apps/G Suite into what is now called Google Cloud."

Further, Google CEO Sundar Pichai too released a statement and said, "We're really excited to welcome Thomas whose product vision, customer focus, and deep expertise will be a huge asset to our growing Cloud business."

Pichai added that under Greene's leadership, Cloud has become an incredible business built on Google's decades of investment in infrastructure, data security, and AI.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, Kurian announced that he "is excited to join the fantastic Google Cloud team at this important and promising time."

He said, "I'm looking forward to building on the success of recent years as it enters its next phase of growth."

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