Why Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant Is Already Stepping Down

Former Intel and Google executive Diane Bryant in 2016

Former Intel and Google executive Diane Bryant in 2016

Bryant's technical knowledge and experience working with clients should have helped Google reach more CIOs and expand its enterprise sales.

At the end of last November, Google announced that Diane Bryant, who at the time was on a leave of absence from her position as the head of Intel's data center group, would become Google Cloud's new COO. Bryant, a longtime Intel executive before joining Google, is being seen as a potential candidate for Intel's now-vacant CEO job.

Bryant joined Google in December, coming off of a 32-year career at chip giant Intel. Diane Bryant did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Back then Intel said she won't be absent for too long - up to six months, at most. She is also on the board of United Technologies.

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In late June, Bryant surfaced as a potential candidate to fill Intel's CEO seat due to the work she did running the company's data centre business, which was valued at US$17 billion in 2016 when she was leading the charge. Robert Swan, Intel's chief financial officer, is now serving as interim CEO.

While the reason for Bryant's departure is unclear, a person familiar with the situation told Business Insider that Bryant came on without a clearly defined role, and had few people reporting to her.

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