Unexpected Departure of AWS Data Center Chief Chris Vonderhaar Confirmed by Amazon

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has confirmed the unexpected departure of Chris Vonderhaar, the executive responsible for overseeing the company’s extensive network of data centers. Vonderhaar, who had been with Amazon for nearly 13 years, held a key role in the design, construction, and operations of the global AWS data center fleet. While Amazon has not provided any specific details regarding Vonderhaar’s departure, his absence from the internal corporate directory was noticed by employees.

There has been no official announcement from the company regarding plans to replace him in his position. It’s worth noting that Vonderhaar was previously mentioned as a potential successor to former AWS CEO Andy Jassy before Adam Selipsky took on the role. Vonderhaar reported to Prasad Kalyanaraman, the vice president of AWS infrastructure services. The news of Vonderhaar’s departure was initially shared on TikTok by Amy Nelson, a former Seattle entrepreneur, whose husband has been involved in a legal dispute with Amazon over data center real estate deals.