Amazon.com Inc. is bringing a former government again to run its cloud computing division, poaching a prime chief from Salesforce.com Inc.
Adam Selipsky will lead Amazon Net Providers, the corporate instructed staff in an e mail on Tuesday, changing Andy Jassy, who is about to succeed Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s chief government officer. Bezos will take the function of government chairman within the third quarter of this yr.
Selipsky, 54, has been CEO of Tableau since 2016, guiding the Seattle firm by way of a reboot of its knowledge visualization software program enterprise and its $15.three billion sale to Salesforce.com in 2019. Earlier than becoming a member of Tableau, Selipsky was Jassy’s proper hand at Amazon’s cloud unit, serving in a chief working officer-like function that noticed him overseeing the unit’s gross sales, advertising, technical assist and customer support. He joined the corporate in 2005.
“Having been in such a senior function at AWS for 11 years, he is aware of our tradition and enterprise effectively,” Jassy stated within the e mail, seen by Bloomberg and later posted on the corporate’s company weblog. Selipsky will be part of Amazon on Might 17 and tackle the AWS CEO function someday within the third quarter, Jassy stated.
AWS, which reported $45 billion in 2020 gross sales, pioneered the enterprise of promoting rented computing energy and software program providers, primarily to different firms and software program builders. The unit holds vast leads over rival providers from Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. AWS generates most of Amazon’s working earnings, giving the retail and know-how big freedom to make massive bets elsewhere in its enterprise.
Matt Garman, the AWS gross sales and advertising chief who beforehand led massive engineering and product groups, had been extensively seen as Jassy’s seemingly successor. However so was Selipsky, earlier than his departure 5 years in the past. He was usually the general public face of AWS in its early days, explaining to clients, traders and journalists why an e-commerce firm was creating enterprise computing providers. He and Jassy had been frequent journey companions, whether or not attending conferences with necessary clients or happening website visits to examine on the corporate’s outposts around the globe.
“It’s completely the correct selection,” stated Matt McIlwain, a managing director with Seattle’s Madrona Enterprise Group who has tracked Amazon’s rise. “There’s some wonderful individuals on that AWS government staff, however I don’t assume there was anyone that was prepared in the present day to tackle that function.”
Selipsky will likely be succeeded as Tableau CEO by Mark Nelson, beforehand government vp of product growth on the Salesforce unit, a Tableau spokesperson stated.