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Cloud wars: Former Amazon Website Services leader Charlie Bell reportedly joins rival Microsoft

Charlie Bell (LinkedIn Picture)

Longtime Amazon Net Solutions chief Charlie Bell has reportedly taken a task at Microsoft.

Bell, a member of Amazon’s senior management team and a longtime linchpin of the company’s cloud business enterprise, left the Seattle organization this thirty day period soon after far more than 23 several years.

Company Insider noted previously Wednesday that Bell was headed to Microsoft. The Facts and CNBC afterwards verified that the Redmond, Wash.-based tech huge employed Bell as corporate vice president.

We’ve achieved out to Microsoft and Bell for comment. Update: Microsoft declined to remark.

The hire is a coup for Microsoft’s Azure arm in its cloud computing battle with AWS, the current market leader in the sector.

Bell joined Amazon in 1998 when it obtained his enterprise, Server Systems Team, an e-commerce transaction computer software company that he founded in 1996 after leaving Oracle, in accordance to his LinkedIn bio. It describes his role at Amazon as foremost the “general administration of AWS companies, together with merchandise definition, pricing, P&Ls, software advancement, and provider operations.”

Bell’s departure from Amazon is the hottest improve in AWS executive workforce as the cloud division’s longtime chief, Andy Jassy, takes above as Amazon CEO. AWS is now led by CEO Adam Selipsky, who rejoined Amazon to change Jassy right after his tenure as CEO of Tableau Software in Seattle. Bell was a applicant to substitute Jassy as chief of AWS.

Numerous Amazon execs have remaining the firm this 12 months, together with Steve Kessel, who led Amazon’s bodily suppliers enterprise Wei Gao, a 16-yr Amazonian who assisted lead the company’s grocery efforts and previous Amazon Around the globe Purchaser CEO Jeff Wilke, among other individuals. AWS leaders such as Larry Augustin and Teresa Carlson also departed.

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