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5 Things To Know About Andy Jassy’s Transition To Amazon CEO

‘Like the rest of Amazon, AWS is in a very good spot,’ Jassy wrote in a memo to employees. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon’s succession planning and its S-Team bench, what Bezos had to say about Jassy, and how partners and analysts reacted to the announcement.

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Amazon’s S-Team

In addition to Jassy, Amazon’s 26-member S-Team includes three AWS executives, according to a list provided by the company. They are Charlie Bell, a 23-year Amazon veteran and senior vice president whose team is responsible for AWS engineering, operations and product; 16-year Amazon vet Peter DeSantis, AWS’ vice president of global infrastructure and customer support; and 14-year vet Matt Garman, vice president of AWS sales and marketing and former vice president of AWS compute services.

“A question on everyone’s mind is who will be following in Jassy’s footsteps at AWS,” said Jonathan Bauer, a principal and AWS alliance leader at Deloitte Consulting who directs the AWS Premier Consulting Partner’s U.S. go-to-market activity. “They are big shoes to fill indeed. Over the past couple of years, AWS has seen increasing competition from other cloud providers, the company’s rapid growth makes it more challenging to remain nimble, and the war on talent continues to escalate. These issues will likely be on the agenda for whoever takes the helm.”

On the Amazon side, in addition to Bezos, Clark, Olsavsky and Wilke, the S-Team members include Amit Agarwal, senior vice president and country manager at Amazon India; Colleen Aubrey, vice president of performance advertising; Christine Beauchamp, president of Amazon fashion; Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment; Jay Carney, senior vice president of global customer affairs; John Felton, vice president of global delivery services; Beth Galetti, senior vice president of human resources; Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president of international consumer; Doug Herrington, senior vice president of North America consumer; Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios; Paul Kotas, senior vice president of global advertising; Peter Krawiec, vice president of worldwide corporate development; Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services; Neil Lindsay, vice president of worldwide prime and marketing; Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist for Amazon Alexa artificial intelligence; Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa; Dave Treadwell, vice president of e-commerce services; and David Zapolsky, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

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