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5 Big Things To Know About AWS’ New CEO Adam Selipsky

Donna Goodison

The 11-year AWS veteran and current Tableau Software CEO will replace Andy Jassy when Jassy succeeds Jeff Bezos as CEO of parent company Amazon.com.

‘Boomerang’ AWS Employee

Selipsky initially joined AWS in 2005 — a year before it launched its cloud computing business.

He was one of the first vice presidents hired at AWS, according to Jassy’s email.

Selipsky reported directly to Jassy as vice president of marketing, sales and support in a chief operating officer role. He had worldwide responsibility for AWS marketing, sales, business development, partner management, technical support and customer service, and product marketing/management, according to his LinkedIn page.

Selipsky helped grow AWS to a $13 billion-plus annual revenue run rate at the time and from fewer than 10 employees to thousands, his LinkedIn page states. He also ran AWS platform services for a period.

He was a member of Amazon’s “S-Team,” a group of now 26 senior executives that meets regularly with Bezos to confer on strategic decisions facing the company.

 
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