Google Cloud's key executive quits less than one year on job

Former Intel and Google executive Diane Bryant in 2016

Former Intel and Google executive Diane Bryant in 2016

Google Cloud, the unit of Alphabet that competes against Inc and Microsoft Corp to sell computing services to businesses, confirmed on Tuesday that Bryant had departed.

Diane Bryant, the chief operating officer of Google Cloud, has left the company after less than a year. Bryant's position as COO of Google Cloud was a major coup for the USA tech giant.

Business Insider first reported Bryant's departure.

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Intel reportedly paid Bryant $4.5 million in a separation agreement when she took the COO job at Google.

She previously had a 32-year career at Intel, most recently leading the Data Center Group and held other positions like Chief Information Officer. "We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit", Google said. So is Google Cloud, which announced early this year that cloud revenues hit $1 billion a quarter by late 2017, and in April Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted "increasing momentum" in cloud computing thanks to signing more and bigger deals. At Intel, Bryant was the face of the Data Center Group. Her insight was particularly important as Google aims to convert companies onto cloud offerings. The sentiment led Google to opt not to renew the contract, called Maven, last month. However, it appears that after spending less than 12 months working to show that Google Cloud is good enough for the enterprise world, something changed.

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