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New CEO Thomas Kurian lays out his vision for Google Cloud

April 12, 2019 / Scott Carey

Since being appointed in November as Diane Greene's successor as the CEO of Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian has kept a low public profile, doing little press and embarking on a broad listening brief across a business he believes can compete with the market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). Google Cloud's flagship Next conference in San Francisco was many people's first chance to get a read on who many internally already refer to as TK. Was he going to reflect the hard-nosed values of his long-time employer Oracle, or was Kurian cut from a different cloth Dressed in a steel blue suit and open collared white shirt, it was a low-key keynote performance from Kurian on day one, where he was introduced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.