Diane Greene

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Diane Greene
Born 1955 (age 62–63)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Known for Founding VMware, leadership at Google
Spouse(s) Mendel Rosenblum
Children 2[1]

Diane B. Greene (born 1955) is an American investor[2] and a Google board of directors member, and was a founder and the CEO of VMware from 1998 until 2008. She is currently the CEO for Google's cloud businesses.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Rochester, New York to an engineer and a teacher,[4] Greene received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1976[5] and 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.[6]


At the age of 19, Greene organized the first Windsurfing World Championship and won the national women's dinghy championship in 1976.[4] worked as an engineer and manager at Sybase, Tandem Computers, and Silicon Graphics, and then some start-up companies.[7]

In 1998, Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion founded VMware.[8] In 2004, VMware was acquired by EMC Corporation.[9] 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.[10][7] In August 2006, Greene joined the board of directors of Intuit.

On January 12, 2012, Greene was named to Google's board of directors.[11] Greene fills the 10th seat on Google's board of directors, a seat that was last filled in October 2009 by Arthur D. Levinson.[12]

In October 2013, Greene was one of the speakers at YCombinator's Startup School,[13] where she shared details of the early days of VMware. Greene was also a judge for the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2013.

In November 2015, Greene was named the senior vice president for Google's cloud businesses, following the acquisition of her previous startup, Bebop.[3]

In 2017, she won the Abie Award for Technical Leadership from AnitaB.org.[14][15]

In 2017, she featured as a protagonist of (Linkedin co-founder) Reid Hoffman's "Masters of Scale" podcast series, among other successful businesspeople such as Mark Zuckerberg, John Elkann, and Brian Chesky. In this interview, she discussed the strategy VMware adopted in order to scale.[16]

On February 8, 2018, Greene was elected as a member of US National Academy of Engineering.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Greene met her husband, Mendel Rosenblum, while at Berkeley.[18] Greene has two children.[19] In 2011, Greene along with 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.[20]

Greene is also an expert crabber and sailor, having grown up doing both in Maryland.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "15 successful startup founders who can also claim the title of 'Mom'".
  2. ^ Williams, Alex (2012-08-23). "Data Center Analytics Startup CloudPhysics Raises $2.5 Million From Mayfield Partners, VMware Co-Founders". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ a b Greene, Diane (2017-12-22). "Why Google Will Replace Its Cloud Chief Diane Greene". The Information.
  4. ^ a b Calhoun, Lisa (23 November 2015). "47 Surprising Facts About Google's New Cloud Captain, Diane Greene". Inc.com.
  5. ^ "The Wall Street Journal List - One of the Journal's 50". Vermont Quarterly. University of Vermont. September 2008. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (2007-10-02). "Full speed ahead". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
  7. ^ a b Jessica Shambora (July 9, 2008). "Adventures in entrepreneurship: CEO Diane Greene departs VMware". Fortune. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "VMware Leadership".
  9. ^ "News Releases - United States". VMWare.
  10. ^ Savitz, Eric (2008-07-08). "VMware ousts CEO Diane Greene; cuts '08 guidance". Barron’s. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  11. ^ "Google management team". Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  12. ^ "Ex-VMware CEO Diane Greene Joins Google Board". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  13. ^ "Diane Greene at Startup School 2013". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  14. ^ "Diane Greene - AnitaB.org". anitab.org. 1 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Abie Awards - AnitaB.org". anitab.org.
  16. ^ "Master of Scale - Diane Greene".
  17. ^ "National Academy of Engineering Elects 83 Members and 16 Foreign Members". NAE Website. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Wray, Richard. "Software plumber stops companies leaking cash". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "Gift Creates Endowed Professorship in Math Department". UVA Today, University of Virginia. October 18, 2013.
  21. ^ "Diane Green: Look sideways | Masters of Scale podcast". WaitWhat. Retrieved 2018-03-20.