Amazon Cloud CEO Adam Selipsky Unexpectedly Steps Down After 15 ‘Strong’ Years in Position

By Madz Dizon

May 14, 2024 11:45 PM EDT

Amazon Cloud CEO Adam Selipsky Unexpectedly Steps Down After 15 ‘Strong’ Years in Position
Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Adam Selipsky delivers a keynote address during AWS re:Invent 2022, a conference hosted by Amazon Web Services, at The Venetian Las Vegas on November 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Adam Selipsky, the CEO of Amazon's cloud computing business, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role next month, according to an announcement made by the company on Tuesday.

Adam Selipsky Steps Down as Amazon's CEO

Adam Selipsky, who assumed the role of CEO of the Amazon subsidiary in 2021, has announced his departure from the company. 

In an Amazon news release, the former executive expressed his intention to take a break, spend quality time with his family, recharge, and allow himself the opportunity to reflect and explore new possibilities, as per USA TODAY.

Matt Garman, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Amazon Web Services, has been announced as the successor to Selipsky, who will be leaving the company on June 3, according to Amazon.

According to a memo written by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Selipsky has demonstrated exceptional leadership in his role, while Garman brings a wealth of skills and experiences to his new position.

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Amazon AWS Revenue Growth Declines

Throughout Selipsky's tenure as CEO, AWS has faced several business challenges, including a slowdown in revenue growth due to companies reducing their cloud spending amidst rising interest rates. 

According to CNBC, over the past year, AWS has experienced multiple rounds of layoffs, which were part of larger company-wide cuts that led to a significant reduction in the workforce, with over 27,000 employees being affected.

Simultaneously, there has been a need to address the increased demand for generative artificial intelligence services, largely driven by the support of Microsoft-backed OpenAI. 

During Selipsky's tenure, Amazon made a significant investment of $4 billion in Anthropic, a startup founded by former OpenAI employees. 

As part of the agreement, Anthropic has chosen AWS as its main cloud provider and will utilize AWS' specialized AI chips.

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