Selipsky was no stranger to AWS. He first joined Amazon’s cloud computing division in 2005, even before its services were made available to the public. But in 2016, after 11 years in the business, he left. In his five years as head of data visualization company Tableau, the business and industry have changed dramatically, bringing Selipsky a new set of challenges.
But in one of his first interviews since taking office as CEO of AWS, Selipsky seemed confident about his company’s prospects. The new AWS chief said he believes his company still has an edge over Microsoft to win the government job.
He added, “I think you’ll find, especially given our leadership position, that our competitors spend a lot more time talking and worrying about AWS than we do about them – we choose. to focus on our customers. ”
(While such contracts are good for business, some employees have already challenged the company’s work for certain government agencies, including immigration and customs enforcement – a dynamic that can only add to the challenges. of Selipsky in the role.)
“In any interesting, fast growing market segment, there is going to be competition,” he said. “We always thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of winners, but a small handful of winners that emerge and have strong competition, and that’s what we see. But we’re still the important leader.”
We “really encourage” employees to speak up
“I really like that people are really putting themselves to work and speaking out – we really encourage it,” he said. “I’ve found that if you have a really good process and you really listen and show people that you take the time to listen, even if they don’t agree with you at the end of the day, we can all lock our arms and move forward together. “
He continued: “I am really happy that there are a lot of topics being discussed today that perhaps were less discussed in the workplace five, 10 or 20 years ago.”
“Amazon intends to be 100% renewable energy by 2025 (…) and we’re already around two-thirds of it, so we’re making significant progress,” he said. “Given our size and scale and things like the data centers that we operate, we really need to use them with renewable energy to achieve this goal.  goal. We do a lot of innovation ourselves, we do a lot of partnerships with a lot of companies, a lot of governments, a lot of nonprofits to achieve these goals. ”
Selipsky will have its first chance to speak to customers at AWS’s annual cloud conference, Re: Invent, in Las Vegas later this month. He said customers should expect announcements in some of “our oldest and most basic services, such as compute, databases and storage,” as well as “exciting announcements on top level services and industry specific solutions “.
“It is absolutely imperative that we continue to understand [customers’] evolving needs, which change very quickly, and we will evolve with them, ”he said.