Google announced Thomas Kurian, former Oracle President of product development and a respected technologist, is going to head Google Cloud from early next year.
The current CEO of Google Cloud Diane Greene will continue through January, working with Kurian to ensure a smooth transition and will remain a Director on the board of Alphabet, Google’s parent company according to some news sources.
Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the Cloud division. “Kurian, a respected technologist, and executive, will be joining Google Cloud on November 26 and transitioning into the Google Cloud leadership role in early 2019,” said Greene in a statement.
Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, commented, “We’re really excited to welcome Thomas whose product vision, customer focus, and deep expertise will be a huge asset to our growing Cloud business.”
Kurian stepped down from Oracle in September. A member of Oracle’s Executive Committee for 13 years, he led 35,000-people software development team in 32 countries with an R&D budget of $4 billion.
Kurian helped in the transformation of Oracle’s products with the introduction of leading suite of Cloud Services, led 60 software acquisitions and Oracle’s 45 Cloud data centers.