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

Charlie Bell (LinkedIn Image)

Longtime Amazon Web Solutions leader Charlie Bell has reportedly taken a work at Microsoft.

Bell, a member of Amazon’s senior management group and a longtime linchpin of the company’s cloud business enterprise, still left the Seattle business this month just after more than 23 several years.

Organization Insider documented earlier Wednesday that Bell was headed to Microsoft. The Info and CNBC afterwards verified that the Redmond, Wash.-dependent tech huge employed Bell as corporate vice president.

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

The use is a coup for Microsoft’s Azure arm in its cloud computing battle with AWS, the market leader in the sector.

Bell joined Amazon in 1998 when it obtained his firm, Server Technologies Group, an e-commerce transaction program firm that he established in 1996 just after leaving Oracle, according to his LinkedIn bio. It describes his function at Amazon as top the “general administration of AWS solutions, such as product definition, pricing, P&Ls, computer software improvement, and service functions.”

Bell’s departure from Amazon is the most recent modify in AWS executive group as the cloud division’s longtime leader, Andy Jassy, normally takes about as Amazon CEO. AWS is now led by CEO Adam Selipsky, who rejoined Amazon to replace Jassy immediately after his tenure as CEO of Tableau Software in Seattle. Bell was a prospect to replace Jassy as main of AWS.

A number of Amazon execs have remaining the corporation this year, which includes Steve Kessel, who led Amazon’s actual physical suppliers organization Wei Gao, a 16-yr Amazonian who served direct the company’s grocery endeavours and previous Amazon Worldwide Buyer CEO Jeff Wilke, among the others. AWS leaders together with Larry Augustin and Teresa Carlson also departed.