CEO Sundar Pichai is very keen to press ahead with efforts to gain more market share on the cloud. He wants to sell cloud storage space to enterprises and see off rivals like Amazon.com and Microsoft.
Amazon’s cloud business is now its fastest-growing business, while Microsoft is banking on cloud computing to make up for slowing sales of personal computers.
Greene has been a Google director for three years. She will lead a new team combining the company’s cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps.
Google will buy Greene’s startup bebop Technologies which is a development platform that helps build and maintain enterprise applications. Greene and the bebop team will join Google after the transaction closes this year.
She will continue to serve on Google’s board as a non-independent director, the company said.
Greene was replaced as VMware’s CEO by former Microsoft Corp executive Paul Maritz in 2008.