What Adam Selpisky’s Shock Departure Means for AWS

Adam Selipsky’s departure from AWS will usher in a new era, promising continued innovation and leadership in the cloud computing market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Adam Selipsky has revealed that he will be stepping down in June, three years after taking on the role.

One of the first VPs hired by the company in 2005, Selipsky’s time at the helm of AWS has been transformative. Appointed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing now-Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, he was instrumental in steering AWS through a period of intensified competition and technological advancements. Under his leadership, AWS has not only maintained its market dominance but also expanded its portfolio of services, including advancements in machine learning, data analytics and hybrid cloud solutions, along with launching groundbreaking services like Amazon Bedrock and Amazon Q.

AWS holds a leadership position in cloud computing

Throughout, Selipsky has maintained AWS’s position as the undisputed leader in cloud computing, used by millions of customers globally to lower costs and innovate. AWS reported the strongest sales growth in a year last quarter and recently said it is on pace to bring in more than $100 billion in revenue in a year for the first time. 

“Given the state of the business and the leadership team, now is an appropriate moment for me to make this transition, and to take the opportunity to spend more time with family for a while, recharge a bit, and create some mental free space to reflect and consider the possibilities,” he said in a statement published on Amazon’s website.

“Adam leaves AWS in a strong position, having reached a $100 billion annual revenue run rate this past quarter, with YoY revenue accelerating again,” adds Jassy. “And perhaps most importantly, AWS continues to lead on operational performance, security, reliability, and the overall breadth and depth of our services. I’m deeply appreciative of Adam’s leadership during this time, and for the entire team’s dedication to deliver for customers and the business.”

Matt Garman: CEO of AWS to usher in a new era

Selipsky’s departure marks a significant moment for AWS, a subsidiary of Amazon that has grown to dominate the cloud computing market.

Replacing him will be Matt Garman, a near 18-year veteran of Amazon. His journey with Amazon began in the summer of 2005 as an MBA intern, setting the stage for a remarkable career that would see him become one of the key figures in the company’s development and success. Joining AWS full-time in 2006 as one of its first product managers, Garman's contributions have been pivotal in shaping AWS into the cloud computing powerhouse it is today.

“Matt has an unusually strong set of skills and experiences for his new role,” comments Jassy. “He’s very customer-focused, a terrific product leader, inventive, a clever problem-solver, right a lot, has high standards and meaningful bias for action, and in the 18 years he’s been in AWS, he’s been one of the better learners I’ve encountered. Matt knows our customers and business as well as anybody in the world, and has senior leadership experience on both the product and demand generation sides. I’m excited to see Matt and his outstanding AWS leadership team continue to invent our future—it’s still such early days in AWS.”

In his early years at AWS, he worked across various domains, playing a critical role in creating the first service level agreements, defining new features, and developing innovative pricing plans. His early leadership was instrumental in the launch and success of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), where he served as the first product manager. Under his guidance, EC2 product management flourished, and he led the team that defined, launched, and operated Elastic Block Store (EBS), further solidifying AWS’s offerings in the cloud computing space.

By 2016, Garman had ascended to the role of General Manager of all AWS Compute services. In this capacity, he oversaw a critical segment of AWS's infrastructure, driving forward numerous innovations and ensuring the robust performance of AWS Compute services. His leadership during this period was marked by a deep commitment to product excellence and customer satisfaction.

In 2020, after 14 years entrenched in AWS's product organisation, Garman transitioned to the demand generation side of AWS. 

“Over the last 18 years I have been fortunate enough to get to work on many different aspects of the AWS business, but one constant has been the world class talent and the unwavering customer obsession of the people I have gotten to work with,” Garman says. “I am more optimistic than I have ever been for the potential for innovation and growth ahead of us, and I look forward helping us move faster, invent more, and operate as one team to help our customers.”

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