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WWT’s CEO On Jeff Bezos, Cisco’s Future And SolarWinds Hack

Mark Haranas

‘As large as Amazon is on both the cloud side and I’ll call it the retail side of what they do, to bring in their technologist to lead the company, that’s something that they are leaning toward: technologists to drive the future of that business along with Bezos still being intimately involved in where they’re going,’ says WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh.

What’s your take on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos handing over the reins to AWS’ Andy Jassy?

AWS and Jeff Bezos (pictured) are just so impressive. They’ve defied a lot of odds out there and I think proved a lot of people wrong regarding the maniacal focus he’s had investing long term. I don’t believe that Bezos is going away. Andy Jassy is going to have Jeff Bezos close to him, and they’re going to be collaborating.

It’s interesting. As large as Amazon is on both the cloud side and I’ll call it the ‘retail’ side of what they do, to bring in their technologist to lead the company, that’s something that they are leaning toward: technologists to drive the future of that business along with Bezos still being intimately involved in where they’re going. They’re an impressive company.

We literally have two entrepreneurs and innovators that will be recognized for many, many years to come. If you look at Bezos and Elon Musk, they will be in the history books a long time based on the things they’ve done and will continue to do.

 

 
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 mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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