Ex-Microsoft exec Panos Panay is confirmed as the new head of Amazon's devices team

Panay is taking over from Dave Limp, who's off to be the CEO of Blue Origin.


Former Microsoft executive Panos Panay will be taking over as the head of Amazon’s Devices and Services (D&S) division, the company confirmed. He'll start his new role at the end of October, CEO Andy Jassy said.

"As a strong product builder and inventor who has deep experience in both hardware and integrated services, Panos will be a great addition to our D&S organization moving forward," Jassy wrote in a memo. "I remain quite excited about the invention happening and businesses that we’re building in D&S, and look forward to working with Panos."

It emerged last week that Panay was leaving Microsoft after a 19-year run, most recently as chief product officer, where he oversaw Surface devices and Windows 11 development. Rumors quickly suggested that Panay would move to Amazon to lead the Alexa and Echo teams.

Panay will be taking over from outgoing D&S head Dave Limp, and the pair will work together for a couple of months to make the transition a smooth one. Limp also has a new job: He is leaving Amazon to become the CEO of Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin.