Cloud wars: Former Amazon Web Solutions chief Charlie Bell reportedly joins rival Microsoft

Charlie Bell (LinkedIn Image)

Longtime Amazon Net Companies chief Charlie Bell has reportedly taken a task at Microsoft.

Bell, a member of Amazon’s senior management group and a longtime linchpin of the company’s cloud enterprise, still left the Seattle firm this thirty day period soon after much more than 23 decades.

Company Insider documented before Wednesday that Bell was headed to Microsoft. The Info and CNBC later on verified that the Redmond, Wash.-centered tech large employed Bell as company vice president.

We’ve achieved out to Microsoft and Bell for comment. Update: Microsoft declined to comment.

The retain the services of is a coup for Microsoft’s Azure arm in its cloud computing fight with AWS, the marketplace chief in the sector.

Bell joined Amazon in 1998 when it obtained his firm, Server Systems Group, an e-commerce transaction software firm that he launched in 1996 following leaving Oracle, in accordance to his LinkedIn bio. It describes his function at Amazon as leading the “general administration of AWS providers, including product or service definition, pricing, P&Ls, software package growth, and services functions.”

Bell’s departure from Amazon is the most recent change in AWS government workforce as the cloud division’s longtime leader, Andy Jassy, requires over as Amazon CEO. AWS is now led by CEO Adam Selipsky, who rejoined Amazon to change Jassy following his tenure as CEO of Tableau Computer software in Seattle. Bell was a candidate to replace Jassy as main of AWS.

Many Amazon execs have left the company this 12 months, like Steve Kessel, who led Amazon’s actual physical shops business enterprise Wei Gao, a 16-year Amazonian who helped lead the company’s grocery efforts and former Amazon Globally Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke, between other individuals. AWS leaders like Larry Augustin and Teresa Carlson also departed.