(Updates with history at VMware in sixth paragraph.)
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., the world’s biggest Internet-search company, named former VMware Inc. Chief Executive Officer Diane Greene to its board, adding a director with experience selling to corporate customers.
Greene, who co-founded data-center software maker VMware, will serve on the audit committee, Mountain View, California- based Google said today in a statement. Greene, who was ousted from VMware in 2008, also serves on the board of finance- software maker Intuit Inc.
“Diane is a special person who combines a sharp business acumen with a brilliant technical mind,” Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in the statement. “We know she will be a great contributor and we are grateful to have her insight.”
Google is seeking to sell more business services, part of an effort to expand beyond search-engine advertising -- its main source of revenue. Evidence of making headway in that market came yesterday when Google landed its biggest corporate contract ever. The company will supply e-mail and document services to Spanish Bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA.
Greene, 56, co-founded VMware in 1998 and sold it to storage-computer maker EMC Corp. in 2004. VMware was spun off from EMC in 2007 in an initial public offering, though the parent company maintained a majority ownership.
VMware pushed out Greene as CEO in July 2008 on the same day it announced that annual sales would fall short of its projections. She was replaced by Paul Maritz, an EMC executive who once worked at Microsoft Corp.
VMware’s products help companies’ servers run more efficiently by letting them use different operating systems. Greene founded VMware with husband Mendel Rosenblum, who served as chief scientist at the company.
Greene joins nine other board members, including John Doerr, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; John Hennessy, president of Stanford University; and Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp. Google’s CEO, Larry Page, also sits on the board, along with co-founder Sergey Brin.
Google shares rose less than 1 percent to $629.64 in today’s trading. The stock climbed 8.7 percent last year.
--With assistance from Aaron Ricadela in San Francisco. Editors: Nick Turner, Jillian Ward
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