Amazon named Panos Panay to lead hardware business


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

NEW YORK, 29th Sept. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Thursday has named Panos Panay, Microsoft’s former Windows and Surface chief to join the company to oversee its hardware business, the e-commerce giant.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said that Panay will join the company to lead the Devices and Services business when Dave Limp retires from Amazon later this year.

Jassy said “Panay will be joining Amazon to lead our Devices & Services business (D&S), reporting to me and joining S-Team,”.

Panay has spent 19 years at Microsoft, where he was most recently EVP and Chief Product Officer, leading the Windows and Devices division.

He held a variety of leadership positions, including Corporate VP for Microsoft Devices, as well as GM of Surface and PC Hardware, where he drove the creation and introduction of the Surface product line.

Jassy informed that Panay will start at the end of October, and Dave Limp will work with him over the next couple of months to ensure a smooth transition.

Limp said that he will work with Panay “for the next two months to ensure a smooth transition through our fall launches and getting through our OP1 (operating plan).”

Limp is joining Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin as CEO, replacing Bob Smith.

Limp will join Blue Origin on December 4 as CEO and Smith will step down on January 2 “to ensure a smooth transition”.

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