After 32 years with Intel, Diane Bryant, who served as the head of Intel's Data Center Group from 2012 to mid-2017, decided to retire from the company. Ms. Bryant was subsequently announced as joining Google Cloud as COO. Navin Shenoy will continue to lead Intel’s DCG.

Diane Bryant took a leave of absence from Intel to focus on personal family matters in early May. Initially, she planned to step away for the following six to eight months and then return to a new position at the chip giant. Six months were to end on December 3, but instead of returning to Intel, Ms. Bryant decided to retire from the chip company effective December 1 and join Google Cloud, where she will serve as COO. Her exact responsibilities are not completely clear at the moment, but given her position, it is logical to assume that she will be responsible for day to day Google Cloud’s business operations as well as its evolution (from a tactical point of view) going forward.

Diane Bryant joined Intel in 1985 and worked at different positions throughout her career. Most recently she served as the head of Intel’s DCG, where she headed its transformation from a group focused on the development of server platforms to a business unit that develops various solutions for data centers, including servers, networking, and storage equipment. 

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Intel said that it would sign an agreement with Ms. Bryant that would put “certain restrictions on the use of confidential information and on solicitation of Intel employees”. The filing also mentions that Ms. Bryant will receive Intel's retirement benefits and receive a separation payment of $4.5 million. The official statement from Intel on the news is as follows:

"We are extremely grateful for Diane’s contributions to Intel over the last 32 years, and wish her well with her new opportunity."

As for Intel, the company is confident of Navin Shenoy and is satisfied with his management of DCG. Before taking over DCG, he was responsible for Intel’s Client Computing Group and before that he held different positions at the company, including sales and marketing.

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Sources: Intel, Google.

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  • Phylyp - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    Is it still a retirement if you join another company, in a roughly similar role (DC vs cloud)? Isn't it just a resignation? Reply
  • HStewart - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    It could be possible that Intel has some kind of plan for long service to employee - but she probably didn't want to retried and got an offer to work for Google.

    It seems like to me there is a lot of people in top position say they take off for personal reasons and find out that they get off another job. It was this with Raju.

    But this looks a like Move up in position - to become a COO for division - to lead is different than COO. Especial since Data Center is not Intel's main area but with Google that is different story.
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  • Yojimbo - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    I think DCG is Intel's main strategic area of focus. Additionally, Intel's DCG has revenues of about 3 to 4 times that of Google Cloud, from what I could find. Reply
  • jtd871 - Tuesday, December 05, 2017 - link

    What is it with you calling Raja Koduri 'Raju'?! Reply
  • lutenic - Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - link

    common to use Raju for People named Raja, Rajan, Rajesh and other similar name in India. Reply
  • mooninite - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    She went through "retirement" at Intel to be able to get a nice $4.5 million payday. Wouldn't you? Reply
  • Phylyp - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    I'm probably nit-picking at semantics, but to me, when someone retires, they stop work, or switch to something very different and low key (e.g. ex-Presidents doing speeches). To me, this is just her quitting one job for another, and cashing in her (earned/deserved) benefits from the former. Reply
  • masouth - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    don't confuse retiring from a job with retiring for life. When talking about jobs that offer retirement in the first place, quite a few of them allow you to retire from the job and start collecting any sort of pension after 30+ years regardless of your age. Many of them also will allow you to retire from the job after 20 years but not start collecting retirement benefits until you reach "normal" retirement age. Government jobs come to mind easiest but there are still plenty of private sector jobs that do as well even if they aren't as high of a percentage as they were 30+ years ago. Reply
  • boozed - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    It's not even semantics. Resignation is leaving a job, retirement is leaving the workforce. Reply
  • catavalon21 - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    It may be a definition, but it's largely practiced otherwise. As an example, very few military retirees with 20+ years who are still in their 30s and 40s are "retired" from the workforce. Many start new careers with companies and stay long enough to "retire" from that company. Reply

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