Diane Greene

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Diane Greene

1955 (age 61–62)

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

Diane Greene is an American investor[1] and a Google board of directors member, and was a founder and the CEO of VMware from 1998 until 2008. She is the senior vice president for Google's cloud businesses.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Rochester, New York, Greene received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1976[3] 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.[4]


Greene worked as an engineer and manager at Sybase, Tandem Computers, and Silicon Graphics, and then some start-up companies.[5]

In 1998, Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Ellen Wang and Edouard Bugnion founded VMware.[6] In 2004, VMware was acquired by EMC Corporation.[7] 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.[8][5] In August 2006, Greene joined the board of directors of Intuit.

On January 12, 2012, Greene was named to Google's board of directors.[9] Greene fills the 10th seat on Google's board of directors, a seat that was last filled in October 2009 by Arthur D. Levinson.[10]

In October 2013, Greene was one of the speakers at YCombinator's Startup School,[11] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Greene met her husband, Mendel Rosenblum, while at Berkeley.[12] Greene has two children.[13] 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.[14]

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. ^ a b Lohr, Steve (2015-11-19). "Google Picks Diane Greene to Expand Its Cloud Business". New York Times. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (2007-10-02). "Full speed ahead". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  5. ^ a b Jessica Shambora (July 9, 2008). "Adventures in entrepreneurship: CEO Diane Greene departs VMware". Fortune. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "VMware Leadership". 
  7. ^ https://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/emc2.html
  8. ^ Savitz, Eric (2008-07-08). "VMware ousts CEO Diane Greene; cuts '08 guidance". Barron’s. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  9. ^ "Google management team". Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Ex-VMware CEO Diane Greene Joins Google Board". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  11. ^ "Diane Greene at Startup School 2013". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Wray, Richard. "Software plumber stops companies leaking cash". The Guardian. 
  14. ^ "Gift Creates Endowed Professorship in Math Department". UVA Today, University of Virginia. October 18, 2013.