Adam Selipsky returns to AWS as CEO. Now what?

It is really formal: Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky is returning to AWS to take about as CEO when Andy Jassy will take the major position at Amazon later this year.

This is a stunning outcome, as a lot of observers expected an inner use to be built to switch Jassy, with the likes of AWS sales and advertising and marketing main Matt Garman or senior vice president Charlie Bell the frontrunners.

Selipsky left AWS to take about as CEO of the analytics vendor Tableau in 2016, which he assisted grow into a $one billion revenue corporation prior to navigating a blockbuster $15 billion acquisition by Salesforce in 2019.

He will leave Salesforce to return to the cloud vendor in Might 2021 to get started his changeover into the CEO purpose underneath fellow Harvard Business enterprise College grad Jassy, underneath whom he labored closely from 2005 to 2016 as COO at AWS.

“Adam delivers robust judgment, shopper obsession, workforce setting up, need era, and CEO practical experience to an by now pretty robust AWS leadership workforce. And, obtaining been in such a senior purpose at AWS for 11 many years, he knows our tradition and organization nicely,” Jassy wrote in an email to workers.

AWS is a $12 billion oil tanker inside of another oil tanker of, and as a Jassy acolyte, it is safe to assume Selipsky won’t be on the lookout to change class also significantly in his new purpose.

“Adam Selipsky knows AWS—and his new boss—well, obtaining been there for many years prior to leaving to take the CEO posture at Tableau. Culturally, there is a great fit to assistance AWS preserve undertaking what it is been undertaking,” claimed Forrester analyst Paul Miller.

“While he has experienced immense achievements in running Tableau and he will be tremendous hungry for a new challenge pursuing his induction into Salesforce, running AWS is a various kettle of fish solely and he will be examined early given the enormous transform on the horizon in the cloud computing place,” claimed CCS Insights analyst Nick McQuire.

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