The head of data center design, planning, construction, and operation at the world's largest cloud provider has quietly left his role.
Chris Vonderhaar departed Amazon Web Services (AWS) some time this month, but the company made no announcement and did not tell colleagues. The departure was first noticed after Amazon employees spotted that he was missing from the internal corporate directory.
The departure was then picked up by Amy Nelson, whose former AWS real estate manager husband is being sued by Amazon over several data center real estate deals. Nelson posted the news to TikTok, which was first reported by GeekWire.
Amazon has yet to comment on Vonderhaar's exit, but did confirm it happened.
Vonderhaar spent 13 years at Amazon, with the last four and a half as VP of the AWS data center community. In addition to running the data center design, build, and operation of AWS facilities, Vonderhaar was responsible for business development and procurement of utility connections, the AWS renewable energy portfolio, and AWS sustainability teams and business.
Back in 2021, Insider noted that Vonderhaar was a potential successor to Andy Jassy for the top job at AWS, before former Tableau Software CEO Adam Selipsky returned to run the business.
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