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5 Top AWS Executives Who Resigned, Departed In 2023

Mark Haranas

From AWS presidents to professional services leaders, here are five of the biggest executive departures from Amazon Web Services in 2023 that you should know about.

Amazon Web Services has seen the departure of several big executives in 2023, including a president, vice presidents and former professional services leaders.

AWS isn’t growing sales as fast as it did in previous years, but it is still the worldwide leader in cloud computing, owning roughly one-third of the global cloud market. The $85 billion Seattle-based company generated $21.4 billion in total sales during the first quarter of 2023, representing a year-over-year growth rate of 16 percent.

This year, AWS witnessed the exit of some longtime and important executives who have helped shape the company into what it is today, such as Chris Vonderhaar, who was critical in leading AWS’ massive multibillion-dollar data center business for over a decade.

[Related: AWS Director, Sales Leader Jumps To Innovative Solutions]

AWS 2023 Layoffs

As 2023 kicked off, AWS parent company Amazon unveiled it would be laying off more than 18,000 employees. Sources told CRN at the time that AWS would not be significantly impacted by the 18,000-employee layoff round as these layoffs would affect Amazon stores and its human resources People, Experience and Technology (PXT) organization.

However, in March, Amazon unveiled a new round of 9,000 layoffs inside the company, which would see the exit of some AWS employees. AWS told CRN this year that the 9,000-employee layoff round would impact a “small, single-digit percentage” of AWS staff. AWS consistently declines to say how many people it employs globally. However, the terminations mean at least hundreds—more likely a few thousand—of AWS employees were cut. It might have been the single largest layoff round in AWS’ history, although layoff and employment figures cannot be officially verified.

CRN breaks down the five top AWS executives who left the cloud computing company in 2023 that you should know about.


Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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