Amazon cloud exec Charlie Bell leaving after 23 years amid AWS shakeup

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Amazon confirmed on Monday that Charlie Bell, one of the top managers in its cloud business, is leaving the company.

Peter DeSantis, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services who worked on global infrastructure, will become the new director of utility computing to lead Bell, according to someone familiar with the matter. Prasad Kalyanaraman, a vice president at AWS, will take responsibility for infrastructure and network services, said the person who refused to be named as the changes were not announced.

DeSantis, who joined the Elite S team of Amazon’s top executives in 2019, and Kalyanaraman will both report to Adam Selipsky, the head of AWS. Selipsky returned to Amazon from Salesforce earlier this year. An Amazon spokesman didn’t want to say where Bell was going.

Bell’s departure is the latest in a series of high-profile personnel changes at AWS, which leads the cloud infrastructure market and accounts for half of Amazon’s total operating profit. Andy Jassy, ​​who helped launch AWS and ran it until last month, succeeded Jeff Bezos as CEO of Amazon, leaving Selipsky in charge of the cloud unit. Bell was on the S team and was considered a candidate to replace Jassy.

Other AWS executives have left since the pandemic began. In April, surveillance and security software company Splunk announced it had hired Teresa Carlson as president and chief growth officer. At AWS, she was Vice President of Public Sector and Industry. Tim Bray, who worked on several AWS products, resigned last year for speaking out against Amazon’s employment practices.

While some of his colleagues have attracted attention through keynote presentations at AWS Reinvent conferences over the years, Bell has not. Bell joined Amazon as a director in 1998 after Amazon acquired his small business, Server Technologies Group, according to his LinkedIn profile. Early in his career, Bell worked in Professional Services at Oracle, one of Amazon’s cloud competitors.

At Amazon, Bell initially worked on the development of customer service applications. During a virtual appearance at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference last year, he said he led the infrastructure before moving to the AWS business in 2006 when it started with the core EC2 and S3 compute and storage services.

Bell was responsible for pricing, software development services and financial results, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 2016, according to an AWS blog post, Bell was one of the few Amazon executives to meet with then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

The information office reported earlier that Bell was leaving.

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