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On Friday, Diane Greene announced she would be stepping down as Google Cloud’s chief exec

Greene’s replacement will be the 22-year Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian, who before resigning in September, was president of product development with the company, and a key player in its cloud efforts. When he steps into the role in January, he’ll be leading Google Cloud as it continues its quest to topple Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud wars.

But who exactly is Google Cloud’s new CEO?

Here’s a closer look at Thomas Kurian’s life and career: