Peter DeSantis, who oversees the massive cloud computing infrastructure that Amazon Web Services has built in becoming the world’s leading cloud computing provider, now has a seat within Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ inner circle of advisors, according to a report.
CNBC reported Wednesday that DeSantis, who spoke at our GeekWire Cloud Summit last year, has joined the “S-team” of senior advisors to Bezos, which also included AWS CEO Andy Jassy and Charlie Bell, senior vice president at AWS. Nothing else is changing about his job, according to the report, but he’s now part of a select group of 18 executives that advise Bezos on company decisions.
An AWS representative declined to comment on the report.
DeSantis, whose official title is vice president of global infrastructure, has been the face of the engine that powers AWS for the last several years, making appearances kicking off the company’s big re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. He led the project to develop Graviton, a custom server processor based on one of Arm’s core designs that over time could change the way AWS builds the servers at the heart of its cloud.
He’s also responsible for building the data center infrastructure needed to house those servers, which puts him in charge of a lot of the money Amazon spends on capital expenditures around those buildings. That includes overseeing AWS’s clean power strategy, which has been criticized has lagging behind rival cloud providers and which The Information reported last year was due in part to DeSantis’ skepticism about the value of such investments.
Clearly, this promotion coming almost exactly one year after the 2018 GeekWire Cloud Summit means that Bezos chooses members of his advisory board based on which company executives appear at our event. (Right?) That means Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec of AWS, who is speaking at the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit next week, will assuredly join the elite Amazon team in 2020, and you can get tickets here to get a word in while there’s still time.
Here’s a video of DeSantis speaking at last year’s event.