Diane Greene

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Diane Greene

1955 (age 59–60)

Rochester, New York, U.S.
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Mendel Rosenblum

Diane Greene is an investor[1] and a Google board of directors member, and was a founder and the CEO of VMware from 1998 until 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Rochester, New York, Greene received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1976 from the University of Vermont,[2] and earned a master's degree in Naval Architecture from MIT in 1978. In 1988 she earned a second master's degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.[3]


In 1998, Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion founded VMware.[4] In 2004, VMware was acquired by EMC Corporation.[5] On July 8, 2008, Greene was fired as president and CEO by the VMware Board of Directors and replaced by Paul Maritz, a retired 14-year Microsoft veteran who was running the cloud computing business of VMware parent company EMC.[6] When news of her firing was announced to investors the next morning, VMware's stocks plunged 24%. Also due to her departure, three other executives, including her husband Mendel Rosenblum left the company.[7]

Since August 2006, Greene has been on the board of directors of Intuit.[8] "Diane Greene is a stand-out technologist with an outstanding business track record. Her abilities and insights will be of great value to our board, Her pragmatic, hands-on executive style combined with her entrepreneurial approach to development will help Intuit stay at the forefront of its customer-driven focus on innovation. In addition, her deep technical skills, her attention to strategy and her intense focus on partnerships will help Intuit as it continues to broaden its business strategy," says William Campbell, Chairman of Intuit.[9]

On January 12, 2012, Greene was named to Google's board of directors.[10] Greene fills the 10th seat to Google's board of directors, a seat which was last filled in October 2009 by Arthur D. Levinson.[11] Greene was chosen because of her vast experience as an entrepreneur, technological innovator, and corporate executive with more than three decades of experience.[12]

On October 2013, Greene was one of the speakers on Paul Graham's Startup School,[13] where she shared details of the early days of VMware.

Personal life[edit]

Greene met her husband Mendel Rosenblum while at Berkeley.[14] Greene has two children.[15] In 2011, Greene along with her husband, Mendel Rosenblum, gave $3 million to create the Marvin Rosenblum Professorship in Mathematics in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences in honor of Mendel's father, Marvin Rosenblum, who taught at the university for 45 years.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Williams, Alex (2012-08-23). "Data Center Analytics Startup CloudPhysics Raises $2.5 Million From Mayfield Partners, VMware Co-Founders". TechCrunch. 
  2. ^ "The Wall Street Journal List - One of the Journal's 50". Vermont Quarterly, University of Vermont. 2008 (Summer).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (2007-10-02). "Full speed ahead". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  4. ^ "VMware Leadership". 
  5. ^ https://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/emc2.html
  6. ^ Savitz, Eric (2008-07-08). "VMware ousts CEO Diane Greene; cuts '08 guidance". Barron’s. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  7. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2008-09-09). "At VMware, a Firing Is Still Reverberating". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Intuit board of directors". 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Intuit Names Diane Greene to Board of Directors". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Google management team". Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Ex-VMware CEO Diane Greene Joins Google Board". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  12. ^ "Google appoints Diane B. Greene to its Board of Directors". Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Diane Greene at Startup School 2013". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  14. ^ "In 1988 she picked up a second master's, in computer science, at the University of California, Berkeley, where she met Rosenblum. They have two children."Adam Lashinksky (2007-10-02). "50 Most Powerful Women in Business - Full speed ahead". CNN. 
  15. ^ Wray, Richard. "Software plumber stops companies leaking cash". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Gift Creates Endowed Professorship in Math Department". UVA Today, University of Virginia. October 18, 2013.