Google shares fall as top cloud exec leaves after less than one year

Google shares closed in the red Tuesday, as news emerged Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant has left the tech giant.

Google shares fall as top cloud exec leaves after less than one year

Google shares ended lower Tuesday, after news emerged that one of its top cloud executives, Diane Bryant left the firm, just months after she joined the tech giant from Intel.

Reports suggest it’s possible that Bryant is under consideration to become the new Intel CEO after Brian Krzanich stepped down from the post in June.

Google shares ended the US Tuesday trading session 2.26% lower at $1,116.28. However, the stock is marginally in the green in after-hours activity.

Google confirms Bryant’s departure

Bryant joined Google in 2017 after a 32-year career at Intel. Bryant’s position as COO of Google Cloud was a major coup for the US tech giant. However, it appears that after spending less than 12 months working to show that Google Cloud is good enough for the enterprise world, something changed.

Google confirmed her departure in a statement.

“We can confirm that Diane Bryant is no longer with Google. We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google and we wish her the best in her next pursuit,” Google said.

As yet, there is no clear explanation as to why Bryant has left Google Cloud. While it could be that her role there was still undefined, there are also rumours that she is among the list of possible new CEO’s for Intel.

Your personal Gmail emails are private

Separately, Google shared a privacy and security blog post Tuesday in which it stated that every Gmail email is private and not read by anyone at Google, or any other business.

The tech giant said that while Gmail is designed to make it easier for other firms and apps to integrate with your Gmail account, that doesn’t mean your privacy or security is ever compromised.

“Transparency and control have always been core data privacy principles, and we're constantly working to ensure these principles are reflected in our products,” Google Cloud’s director of security, trust and privacy, Suzanne Frey said in the post.

“To be absolutely clear: no one at Google reads your Gmail, except in very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse,” Frey added.

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