Keralite Thomas Kurian to head Google Cloud

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 17, 2018

Oracle's ex-product chief Thomas Kurian will head Google's cloud division, replacing Diane Greene.

".after an unbelievably stimulating and productive three years, it's time to turn to the passions I've long had around mentoring and education", she added.

Kurian will join Google Cloud Nov. 26 and will transition to leading the business early next year, Greene says.

Hailing from Bengaluru, Kurian who worked at Oracle for 22 years reportedly quit over disagreements with Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison over the future course of the company as Cloud business gets highly competitive.

During Greene's tenure, Google Cloud established a training and professional services organization, as well as AI and machine learning services that helped Google compete against cloud giant Amazon Web Services.

"The cloud space is early and there is an enormous opportunity ahead", she said.

It faced a setback months later when thousands of Google employees revolted against Greene's unit supplying the US military with artificial intelligence tools to aid in analyzing drone imagery. The company had essentially no presence in the enterprise when she took charge. "Google clearly remains serious about scaling up its enterprise business".

Closing and extending such deals would have given Google Cloud a major boost as it tries to catch up to rivals Amazon and Microsoft. The cliche is apt here - while Google Cloud achieved great things under Greene, it still lags in market share behind AWS, fast-growing Microsoft and even behind IBM, which is losing market share slowly, according to a quarterly report by Synergy Research. Analysts found the lack of details discouraging.

Kurian said he "is excited to join the fantastic Google Cloud team at this important and promising time".

"In a few short years, under Diane's leadership, Cloud has become an incredible business built on Google's decades of investment in infrastructure, data security, and AI", Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement.

Kurian resigned from Oracle in September, after working there since 1996. Perhaps Oracle's recent troubles are despite Kurian, not because of him.

Oracle Co-Founder & Executive Chair Larry Ellison discusses the state of the US economy and Google's push into China. Ellison hates AWS, and devotes much of his public presentations to ridiculing them; with AWS occasionally returning the favor.

She says she will remain on the Alphabet board, and will focus on mentoring, to include "investing in and helping female founder CEOs who have engineering and science backgrounds".

"I want to encourage every woman engineer and scientist to think in terms of building their own company someday". "The world will be a better place with more female founder CEOs".

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