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Google adds VMware co-founder to its board of directors

Last week Google surprised many in the virtualization world by naming Diane Greene to its board of directors, filling the 10th seat vacated more than two years ago when Arthur Levinson resigned. In addition to the new board member position, Greene will serve on Google's audit committee.

Greene co-founded VMware in 1998 with her husband, Stanford University professor Mendel Rosenblum, and three other university friends. VMware as a startup was responsible for moving virtualization from the mainframe to the x86-based computer and bringing virtualization to the masses.

Greene was at the helm of VMware when EMC acquired the company for $625 million in 2004. She was also in control during the successful 2007 IPO period, where stock shares climbed 74 percent on the first day of trading. She continued to lead the company until July 2008 when EMC CEO Joe Tucci ousted Greene and replaced her as CEO with Paul Maritz, a former Microsoft veteran who had joined EMC earlier that year through the acquisition of software startup Pi Corp. The official reason for her removal at that time was that she lacked "operational experience" to get VMware to the next level, but rumblings were overheard that she and Tucci hadn't quite seen things eye to eye.

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Published Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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