Google has appointed former software executive Diane Greene to its board of directors, filling a vacancy that has been open for more than two years.
Greene's appointment, announced Thursday, restores Google's board to 10 members. That's the same number of directors that the Internet search leader had before Arthur Levinson resigned from the board in October 2009 so he could remain on Apple Inc.'s board
Levinson had to choose between his dual positions on the boards of Google and Apple after the Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation into whether the escalating competition between the two companies would pose too many conflicts of interest. Apple named Levinson as its non-executive chairman last year after co-founder Steve Jobs died.
Greene, 56, becomes the first new member of Google's board in more than six years. She is best known as the co-founder and former CEO of business software maker VMware Inc., whose 2007 initial public offering ranks among Silicon Valley's most successful stock market debuts during the past five years.
VMware replaced Greene as CEO in 2008 after a disappointing quarter.
Greene has been on the board of Intuit Inc., the maker of TurboTax and Quicken software, since 2006.