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Andy Jassy-the man named to take over Jeff Bezos-has been in charge of Amazon’s web services arm since its inception. The appointment of Jassy is the revelation of things to come. He’s been instrumental in shaping the retail giant into a tech company. And this has happened at a time when the world is creating and storing the largest amount of data ever.But he’s not a surprising candidate to take over Bezos. Since he was appointed CEO of Amazon Web Services in 2016, he has been a potential successor.
Jassy was the best-paid executive at Amazon at one point, surpassing even Bezos in compensation. For a 1997 rank and file marketing manager, this is a validation of what Bezos thinks will drive Amazon’s future. The business plan for Amazon’s incursion into the music business was also credited to Jassy.In his letter to his staff, Bezos said, “Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence.” Jassy is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and his first job was Amazon.
His rise will keep rival cloud programmes like Microsoft and Oracle on their toes. Speaking at the annual Amazon cloud event, AWS re: Invent, Jassy shared an 8-point plan to reclaim cloud service innovation. His presentation lasted for almost three hours, if that is an indication of how much of an insider he is in the cloud infrastructure business.He could now concentrate on bite-sizing the web services, making them faster and perhaps less server-less. With Jassy in the driver’s seat, Amazon will hope to pump in more cloud and data service innovation resources.
With this guard shift, Bezos might be looking to catapult Amazon into a newer orbit. He signed his letter saying, “Keep inventing, and don’t despair when at first the idea looks crazy. Remember to wander. Let curiosity be your compass. It remains Day 1.”