July 3, 2018 / 4:32 PM / a year ago

Ex-Intel executive departs Google as chipmaker searches for CEO

The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

(Reuters) - Diane Bryant, a former Intel Corp (INTC.O) executive who headed the chipmaker’s data center unit, is leaving Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) cloud computing unit less than a year after joining and just as her old employer searches for a new chief executive.

Google Cloud, the unit of Alphabet that competes against Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to sell computing services to businesses, confirmed on Tuesday that Bryant had departed. Bryant left Intel in 2017 and joined Google’s cloud unit as chief operating officer later that year.

In a statement, Google said of Bryant that it was “grateful for the contributions she made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit.” Business Insider earlier reported the news of Bryant’s departure.

Intel has launched a search involving both internal and external candidates for a new CEO. Former Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich resigned last month after a probe of a relationship he had with another Intel employee that violated a company anti-fraternization policy.

Analysts widely expect that Intel’s interim CEO, finance chief Bob Swan, will not seek to fill the top job permanently. Intel, which was founded 50 years ago this month, has never appointed an outsider as CEO, instead drawing on longtime top executives.

An Intel spokesman declined to comment on the company’s CEO search or whether Bryant was under consideration for the job.

Before she departed Intel, Bryant oversaw the company’s data center group, selling chips to large customers like Facebook Inc (FB.O), Google and Microsoft. Such “data centric” chip sales have grown to account for half of Intel’s revenue.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Tom Brown

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