Amazon appoints former executive Adam Selipsky to head AWS and replace Andy Jassy

Amazon has appointed its former executive Adam Selipsky to head up its cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) replacing Andy Jassy.

Following the announcement that AWS’ current head Jassy will replace Jeff Bezos as Amazon chief executive last month, Selipsky has now been confirmed as his successor in a memo sent to staff.

Selipsky currently runs data-visualisation software maker Tableau, owned by Salesforce, and is credited with quadrupling its value since joining in 2016.

However, Selipsky is no stranger to Amazon or AWS, having spent more than a decade with the company acting as vice president for sales, marketing and support before leaving for Tableau.

While Selipsky will officially return to Amazon on May 17, there will be a crossover transition period before Jassy takes over from Bezos in the third quarter.

AWS is an increasingly vital part of Amazon’s operations and remains the dominant force in the market, representing an estimated 45 per cent.

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“Adam brings strong judgment, customer obsession, team building, demand generation, and CEO experience to an already very strong AWS leadership team,” Jassy’s memo read.

“And, having been in such a senior role at AWS for 11 years, he knows our culture and business well.

“With a $51B revenue run rate that’s growing 28% YoY (these were the Q4 2020 numbers we last publicly shared), it’s easy to forget that AWS is still in the very early stages of what’s possible. Less than 5% of the global IT spend is in the cloud at this point.

“That’s going to substantially change in the coming years. We have a lot more to invent for customers, and we have a very strong leadership team and group of builders to go make it happen. Am excited for what lies ahead.”

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