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Why Google Will Replace Its Cloud Chief Diane Greene

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene is one of the most respected executives in enterprise technology, in large part because she co-founded VMware. But Ms. Greene hasn’t managed to move the needle on Google Cloud’s business since joining two years ago.

That’s why in 2018, I’m betting that Ms. Greene will give power to former Intel executive Diane Bryant, who joined the cloud unit as COO last month. Eventually, I expect Ms. Bryant will take over the CEO role.

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As for Ms. Greene, while she will likely step down as CEO, I expect that she will remain involved at Google Cloud in some capacity, perhaps in a strategy-focused role. Her presence in the organization is a major draw for engineers and enterprise executives. But next year, look for Ms. Bryant to emerge as the public face for Google Cloud at conferences and industry events.

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