Diane Bryant, the head of Intel’s Data Group and group President of the company, has decided to leave the organization for good. Bryant spent 32 years of a long and established career with Intel. She will be leaving Intel to become Google Cloud’s new Chief Operating Officer. Bryant was a member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list. She was Intel’s highest ranking female executive following the departure of former Intel President Renee James. During her career at Intel she has held various roles such as corporate VP and CIO and is currently a board member of United Technologies.
Bryant will be working with Google’s Cloud Senior Vice President Diane Green. Greene recently stated, “Google Cloud is the most technologically advanced, most highly available, and most open cloud in the world. We are growing at an extraordinary rate as we enable businesses to become smarter with data, increase their agility, collaborate and secure their information. Diane’s strategic acumen, technical knowledge and client focus will prove invaluable as we accelerate the scale and reach of Google Cloud. I am personally looking forward to working closely with Diane Bryant as we enter what promises to be a great 2018 for Google Cloud.”
In May of this year Intel announced that Bryant was taking a leave of absence from the company, although the company did not state the reason for this absence. A short bio for Bryant on Intel’s website announced that “Bryant is currently on leave, and her new role will be announced upon her return later in 2017.” Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich stated at that time that he expected Bryant to return in six to eight months.
Intel confirmed Bryant’s departure through a regulatory filing. Diane Bryant will be officially leaving the company as of December 1. Intel will be paying $4.5 million as a separation payment to her, according to the filing. She will have to “agree to certain restrictions on the use of confidential information and on solicitation of Intel employees”