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The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

While the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions have continued into 2021, the biggest news stories this year include major cybersecurity attacks, leadership changes at major IT vendors, and accelerating industry trends such as as-a-service and cloud market adoption.

9. Jassy Takes Charge Of Amazon, Selipsky Takes Charge Of AWS

Amazon Web Services has become one of the IT industry’s most powerful companies, serving as the operating platform for a huge number of vendors in the cloud computing space, as well as providing its own cloud storage, analytics, database and business application services.

So the industry took notice in February when Amazon announced that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos would step aside from the day-to-day running of the company and that Andy Jassy (pictured), who has led AWS since its 2003 inception, would replace him as Amazon president and CEO. (The transition took place on July 5.)

Amazon announced in March that it had hired Tableau Software CEO Adam Selipsky to take over as AWS CEO. Selipsky, Tableau’s CEO for about five years, previously worked at AWS as vice president of marketing, sales and support. Selipsky officially started at AWS on May 17 and worked with Jassy until he moved into his new post.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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