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Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene to be replaced by former Oracle exec

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Diane Greene, who was hired three years ago to build Google's cloud-computing business, is being replaced in that job by former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian.

Google said Friday that Kurian is joining Google Cloud on Nov. 26 and will take over the leadership role in early 2019. Greene will remain CEO of the business until then.

It's been a rocky tenure for Greene, who brought serious enterprise chops to Google, having previously co-founded and run VMware. While she's staffed up the enterprise sales team and won business from the likes of Spotify and Snap, she's failed to eat into Amazon's massive lead in the market, while Microsoft has clearly taken over second place.

Greene, a director of Google parent company Alphabet since 2012, is staying on the board.

Kurian spent more than two decades at Oracle, rising to the level of president of product development. In September he said he was taking "extended time off" in an email to employees, but he resigned before the end of the month.

Greene said in a blog post that she, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Urs Hölzle, Google's senior vice president for technical infrastructure, all interviewed Kurian for the job. Hölzle originally recruited Greene.

"When I joined Google full-time to run Cloud in December 2015, I told my family and friends that it would be for two years," Greene wrote. "Now, after an unbelievably stimulating and productive three years, it's time to turn to the passions I've long had around mentoring and education."

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