Google appoints VMware co-founder to run cloud business

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Google appoints VMware co-founder to run cloud business
Diane Greene

Google, a unit of Alphabet, said it appointed VMware co-founder and industry veteran Diane Greene to run its cloud business.

Google said on Thursday US time it will buy Greene's startup bebop, a development platform that helps build and maintain enterprise applications. Greene and the bebop team will join Google after the transaction closes this year.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said selling cloud storage space to enterprises was a growing priority for the company. The business now contributes only a miniscule part of Alphabet's revenue.

Greene, who has been on Google's board for three years, will lead a new team combining all its cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps. 

Greene will continue to serve on Google's board as a non-independent director. She resigned as VMware CEO in 2008.

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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