Intel's Diane Bryant Jumps Over to Google Cloud

Craig Matsumoto
12/1/2017
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Diane Bryant's leave of absence at Intel has become permanent, as she's joining Google Cloud as COO, working with Diane Greene.

Greene, CEO of Google Cloud , announced the news Thursday on Google's corporate blog.

Bryant, formerly the executive vice president in charge of Intel's Data Center Group, notified the chipmaker on November 29 that she wouldn't be returning from a leave of absence that began in May, according to an SEC filing. Her last day at Intel will be December 1.

She'll join Greene, who co-founded VMware, in Google Cloud's mission to make Google more relevant to enterprise customers. (See Google: 'Dead Serious' About Enterprise Cloud.)

It's a bit of a coup for Google. Bryant, a 32-year Intel veteran, was in a highly visible position, using DCG to make Intel more relevant to cloud operators and service providers. In 2016, DCG drew revenues of $17.2 billion, or 29% of Intel's total sales. The only group larger is the Client Computing Group (CCG), which includes PC processors and represented 55% of 2016 sales.

Bryant's leave of absence, due to a family matter, was announced in early May and was expected to last six to eight months -- meaning it would have ended right about now.

Given the length of the absence, Intel chose to replace Bryant at DCG with Navin Shenoy, the senior vice president of the CCG. CEO Brian Krzanich, in a letter to employees, noted that Bryant would eventually be welcomed back into "her next challenging role."

Bryant will receive a separation payment of $4.5 million from Intel, according to the SEC filing.

— Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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12/12/2017 | 9:50:37 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
With a "separation payment of $4.5 million from Intel," I would be not so eager to be loyal when I'm able to work out such a lucrative "goodbye" deal with an employer. Makes you wonder why not just retire and be done with it.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/6/2017 | 11:18:16 PM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
Renewable energy is the future of energy. It will power everything, including robots and all data centres. Humans don’t have to do anything. Robots can take care of mining the energy, materials, food for humans, and all. Isn’t that the point of advanced AI?
mhhfive
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mhhfive,
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12/6/2017 | 3:54:16 PM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
Humans have to eat -- and robots still need energy. So we'll need to "feed" our robots somehow. If we can come up with some kind of nuclear fusion energy -- or get solar energy to power everything freely -- then we might have it all. We won't have to pay robots, but we'll still need to mine for energy and materials to get them to continue.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/6/2017 | 3:02:05 PM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
If robots are going to do all the work and we just enjoy life there is no need for income, unless you want to pay the robots? 
mhhfive
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mhhfive,
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12/6/2017 | 9:10:29 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
Maybe if we do have the robots take over, we'll let them do the inhuman work and leave us to enjoy life. We just need to figure out a universal basic income fueled by automation....
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/6/2017 | 2:51:13 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
PhidBritt, I see a big problem if it is so that loyalty and trust don't exist anymore, anywhere. Because in such case, what makes a human different from a machine? And why loyalty and trust don't exist anymore, or are hard to find?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/6/2017 | 2:12:04 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
mhh, What you confirm is what I suspected. Humans spend most of the time, I would say, in working envoronments. Even more time than with family in ocassions. Why it has to be so inhumane now?  

"Maybe we're all supposed to aim to be less human as the robots take over " That's a good observation, and also something you are confirming. 

Perhaps I am not very positive today, but if that trend continues I don't see a very bright future for humans. Do you? 

 
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12/5/2017 | 11:44:14 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
Loyalty doesn't exist any more. Loyalty is a two-way street and both directions are blocked.
mhhfive
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12/3/2017 | 3:57:09 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
I have to wonder how many companies actually have any kind of loyalty nowadays. Netflix seems to have promoted the trend of "we work as team, not a family" -- meaning if you don't perform, you're out. Perhaps it's the new normal reality, but it just seems a bit inhuman. Maybe we're all supposed to aim to be less human as the robots take over.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/3/2017 | 3:08:26 AM
Re: Leaves of absence don't make the heart grow fonder
Agreed. If after 32 years devoted to Inter, Intel decided to pick a replacement because Bryant needed more time away to take care of a matter matter it was not a place where she could put all her trust and loyalty. Loyalty needs to work both ways. Replacing her was a bit like saying she needed to choose between her famility matter and her position at Intel. Perhaps she felt too much pressure.
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