Google said Kurian is joining the unit on Nov. 26. He will take over the leadership role in early 2019. Greene will remain chief executive of the business until then.
Kurian spent more than two decades at Oracle, rising to the level of president of product development.
Diane Bryant, a former Intel (INTC) executive, in June resigned as the chief operating officer of Google’s cloud-computing business. Bryant left after serving seven months as COO.
Greene joined Google’s cloud-computing unit in late 2015. Greene previously co-founded and ran VMware (VMW).
The Google cloud-computing business ranks third in the industry. The Amazon Web Services unit of Amazon.com (AMZN) leads the infrastructure-as-a-service (or IaaS) market, followed by Microsoft (MSFT).
To date, many of Google’s cloud customers have been technology firms, such as social media firm Snap (SNAP), Spotify, Evernote and Zulily. Under Greene, Google aimed to woo enterprise customers with cloud-based data-analytics and artificial-intelligence tools.
Google stock dipped 0.3% to 1,068.27 on the stock market today. Google stock is up 3% from a year ago.
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