Charlie Bell

Amazon cloud executive Charlie Bell leaving after 23 years

Charlie Bell joined Amazon in 1998 and has worked on the Amazon Web Services cloud business since its earliest days.

Charlie Bell, one of the top executives in Amazon’s cloud business, is leaving the company. Peter DeSantis, a senior vice president at Amazon Web Services who has worked on global infrastructure, will become the new leader for utility computing, which Bell was managing.

Prasad Kalyanaraman, a vice president at AWS, will take over responsibility for infrastructure and network services, said the person, who asked not to be named because the changes haven’t been publicly announced.

Bell joined Amazon in 1998 when it acquired his company, Server Technologies Group, an e-commerce transaction software company that he founded in 1996 after leaving Oracle.

Selipsky praised Bell’s contributions to AWS in the email to employees.

“Charlie has been instrumental in so many of the most important initiatives at Amazon, it would be impossible to list them all,” Selipsky said.

“His impact has been deeply felt across the entire company and literally across decades. We wish him the best and thank him for all of his contributions and for the innovation he has driven.”

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