All eyes on Amazon's incoming CEO Andy Jassy - not short for Anand Jaswinder

Andy Jassy has been instrumental in turning the global retail giant into a dominant technology leader in infrastructure cloud computing and making the AWS name synonymous with cloud.
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When Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos announced he would be stepping down as CEO later this year to assume the role of Executive Chairman, one almost expected him to name an Indian-origin tech executive as his successor. 

After all, it has become de rigueur to have an Indian-origin executive named to the top job at global technology majors. 

Microsoft did that in 2014, when it named Satya Nadella, an Indian-American, to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO. Google followed suit a year later when the search giant named Sundar Pichai, another Indian-American, to head Alphabet and its subsidiary Google.

To be clear, America’s most influential tech companies — from Microsoft and Google to IBM and Adobe — all, have Indian-origin leaders at the helm.

And yet, Andy Jassy, the man Bezos named as CEO-designate, is not of Indian origin and neither is his name short for Anand Jaswinder (in case you were wondering). 

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Andy, in fact, is a long-time Amazon veteran, who as Bezos wrote in his letter to employees “is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have.”

When Andy assumes office as Amazon CEO in the third quarter of this year, he will become the second CEO in the company’s 27-year history. 

As the founder and CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing business which accounts for more than half of the company's overall profits, the significance of Andy’s contribution to Amazon’s growth and the potential of the company's cloud division is surely not lost on anyone.

Today, AWS is synonymous with the cloud and regarded as a pioneer and leader in the cloud computing infrastructure market — feats Andy achieved in his 23-year-long journey with Amazon with a relentless focus on reinvention, people, and customers.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy

Indeed, Andy who shares the same core values as Jeff Bezos is expected to ensure strong continuity when he takes over the wheel at one of the world’s most disruptive companies today. 

As Jeff wrote in his letter, “He (Andy) will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.”


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