Google Cloud names Enslin as its new president of global customer operations

Google Cloud CEO Tom Kurian announces Robert Enslin as the company's president of global customer operations. (Google)

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian announced in a blog post on Wednesday that Robert Enslin has been named as the company's president of global customer operations.

Enslin will replace the current president of global customer relations, Paul-Henri Ferrand, on Monday. Kurian said that after a two-year stint in that position, Ferrand is taking on a new, unspecified role at Google.

Enslin's hiring shows the emphasis that Google Cloud now has on the enterprise sector. Enslin spent the past 27 years at SAP, most recently as a member of SAP's board of directors and as president of its Cloud Business Group.

"He developed and managed SAP’s entire cloud product portfolio, led the field revenue and enablement efforts across multiple geographies, and oversaw core functions including professional services, ecosystem, channel, and solutions," Kurian said in his blog. "Rob brings great international experience to his role having worked in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States—this global perspective will be invaluable as we expand Google Cloud into established industries and growth markets around the world."

Kurian, a former Oracle executive, took over as Google Cloud's CEO in November after former CEO Diane Greene stepped down after three years at the helm.

In a post on LinkedIn, Enslin said he didn't leave SAP due to any conflict or issue with SAP's board.

"There’s no scandal," Enslin said on his blog. "No malice. No hard feelings. No drama.

"Regardless of where I go, I will forever remain one of SAP’s most ardent and vocal supporters—a steadfast, loyal champion of its innovation, vision, and reputation."