Microsoft in standoff with Amazon over big hire, names Charlie Bell to lead ‘bold’ new security group

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Charlie Bell (LinkedIn Photo)

Microsoft confirmed that it has hired longtime Amazon Web Services leader Charlie Bell to lead a newly formed engineering organization to address cybersecurity and related issues, but said it is still working with the company. Bell has been unable to reach an agreement with Amazon on its non-compete contract. .

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“We believe the new role of Charlie Bell can help advance cybersecurity for the nation and the tech sector, and we’re looking forward to working with Amazon,” Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of communications, said in a statement Wednesday. We look forward to continuing our constructive discussions with you.” Morning. “We are sensitive to the importance of working together on these issues, as we have done five times recently. Microsoft Executives moved across town to work for Amazon. “

GeekWire has contacted Amazon for comment.


Key executives who have moved from Microsoft to Amazon in recent years in similar roles have included Ian Wilson, AWS’s vice president of human resources; David Treadwell, senior vice president of e-commerce services for Amazon, and Sean Bice, who left Microsoft in 2016 to become AWS vice president of databases, before becoming president of products and technology for Splunk earlier this year.

In a memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Bell “will assume his job duties after reaching an offer with his former employer.”

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“Charlie is a respected technology leader with a proven track record of building world-class platforms,” ​​Nadella wrote. “The next big challenge for our company and our industry is securing digital technology platforms, devices and clouds in the heterogeneous environments of our customers. It is a bold ambition we are going after and that is what drew Charlie to Microsoft “

Bell described the group and its motivations in greater detail In a post on LinkedIn:

I am thrilled to join Microsoft, leading a newly formed engineering organization to address one of the greatest challenges of our time: security, compliance, identity and management. As digital services become an integral part of our lives, we are exceeding our ability to provide safety and security. It is constantly under the spotlight that we see every day: fraud, theft, ransomware attacks, public exposure of private data and even attacks against physical infrastructure. This is weighing on my mind and the best way to describe it is “digital medievalism”, where organizations and individuals each depend on the walls of their castles and the strength of their citizens against bad actors who can easily back down. Own castle with loot of an attack. We all want a world where security is an immutable one, something that is always true, and we can consistently prove that we have. We all want a digital civilization. I believe Microsoft is the only company in a position to provide this and I couldn’t be more excited to work with this talented team to make the world safer for every individual and organization Can go

Developing story, more to come.

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