Google Inc, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said it appointed VMware Inc co-founder and industry veteran Diane Greene to run its cloud business.

Google said on Thursday it will buy Greene’s startup bebop, a development platform that helps build and maintain enterprise applications. Greene and the bebop team will join Google after the transaction closes this year.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said selling cloud storage space to enterprises was a growing priority for the company. The business now contributes only a miniscule part of Alphabet’s revenue.

Greene, who has been on Google’s board for three years, will lead a new team combining all its cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps. (

Greene resigned as VMware CEO in 2008.

She will continue to serve on Google’s board as a non-independent director, the company said.

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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