Amazon senior cloud exec Charlie Bell is leaving the company after more than 23 years

Charlie Bell (LinkedIn Photo)

Charlie Bell, a member of Amazon’s Senior Leadership Team and long-standing lynchpin of the company’s cloud business, is leaving the company after more than 23 years.

His departure, reported by The Information and confirmed by CNBC, is the latest change in the Amazon Web Services leadership team as Andy Jassy, ​​longtime head of the cloud division, takes over as Amazon CEO.

Peter Desantis, executive vice president of infrastructure and support at Amazon Web Services, will take over Bell’s job as head of utility computing services, The Information reported, citing an internal email. Another AWS manager, Prasad Kalyanaraman, will replace Desantis as head of AWS network and infrastructure services.

AWS is led by CEO Adam Selipsky, who returned to Amazon after serving as CEO of Tableau Software in Seattle to replace Jassy.

Bell joined Amazon in 1998 when it acquired his company, Server Technologies Group, an e-commerce transactional software company he founded in 1996 after leaving Oracle, according to his LinkedIn bio. It describes his role as head of “general management of AWS services, including product definition, pricing, P&L, software development, and service operations.”

In a virtual appearance at an industry conference last year, Bell described his time at AWS as “14 years of pure fun”.

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