Amazon Poaches Microsoft Executive For Its Web Services

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Amazon has poached a former Microsoft executive, following a trend in the company acquiring previous Microsoft staff members for its web services crew.

Brian Hall has joined Amazon as the vice president of product marketing for Amazon Web Services, according to his LinkedIn account.

Hall was the former vice president of Microsoft Devices, but left in January 2017. Between his Microsoft and Amazon positions he worked for Doppler Labs — a failed startup that had a mission to make a “computer for the ears” — where he started as the chief operating officer, but was promoted to CEO.

Hall started a new job, but couldn’t say exactly where, he wrote to his 1,200 followers on Twitter Tuesday.

“Well … I started a new (“corporate”) job today … Can’t say what yet. But it is going to be fun!” he posted on Twitter.

Poaching is relatively common, especially in the tech industry. Apple poached John Giannandrea, an important Google executive, to help with its artificial intelligence program in early April. (RELATED: Why Amazon Associates Removed Legal Insurrection From Its Program)

Giannandrea is expected to spearhead Apple’s machine learning and A.I. strategy as A.I. grows steadily in prevalence and importance, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

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