University of Vermont

216th Commencement Ceremonies - May 20 and 21, 2017

Honorary Degree Recipient

Diane Greene
Doctor of Science

Diane GreeneDiane Greene, University of Vermont Class of 1976, is Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing at Google and a member of the board of directors of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. An early Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist, she has long been a leader in the burgeoning technology field, developing streaming-media platforms and computer virtualization. The New York Times describes Ms. Greene as “one of the most prominent women in the technology business.”

Ms. Greene completed her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, and received her master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in naval architecture in 1978. With her background in engineering, Ms. Greene began her career designing offshore oil rigs. Dissatisfied when she was denied access to visit oil rigs on the basis of her gender, she merged her love of ocean adventure with her engineering background as the head of engineering at Windsurfing International.

After earning a second master’s degree in computer science from the University of California–Berkeley in 1988, Ms. Greene’s rise in the Silicon Valley tech industry began with engineering and leadership roles at Sybase, Tandem Computers, and Silicon Graphics. In 1998 she co-founded VMWare with her husband, Mendel Rosenblum, introducing the revolutionary concept of virtualization, an underpinning of cloud computing that provides security, availability, and manageability benefits in the corporate world. Ms. Greene took VMware public in 2007, and then took the company to a $2 billion run-rate with 50 percent year-over-year growth. Following this phenomenal success with VMware she took time off to be with her children; during this time her impact in the technology world grew along with her reputation. She advised and invested in several startups that have become Silicon Valley successes. She also joined the boards of Intuit, Alphabet, MIT, and Khan Academy.

In late 2013 she founded an enterprise startup, Bebop Technologies, focused on the enterprise SaaS (software as a service) market. When Google acquired the company in 2015, Ms. Greene joined Google as Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing in addition to her Alphabet board role. The Google Cloud division was created to bring Google’s technology assets and engineering prowess to all companies. Ms. Greene joined Google to ramp their focus on the enterprise and bring Google’s considerable strengths in the Cloud to companies all over the world.

Ms. Greene has received many distinguished awards over the course of her career. In 2008 she received the Silicon Valley Forum Visionary Award; in 2011 her entrepreneurial leadership was recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Entrepreneur Award. In 2015 she received the Global Silicon Valley Hall of Fame Award, and in 2016 she was named Silicon Valley Education Forum’s Pioneer Business Leader, to name a few.

Through her work at Google and as a mentor and investor, Ms. Greene continues to play an active and influential role in developing the technology sector as one of the great success stories of American business today.

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