Amazon Reportedly Hiring Microsoft's Product Chief, Just Hours After He Resigned

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Panay will be heading Amazon’s devices group, which is in charge of the Alexa voice assistant, Echo smart speakers, and Fire TV streaming services.

Bloomberg first reported. Panay will be heading Amazon’s devices group, which is in charge of the Alexa voice assistant, Echo smart speakers, and Fire TV streaming services, Bloomberg

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on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing: “After 19 incredible years at Microsoft, I’ve decided to turn the page and write the next chapter.” He added: “I’m forever grateful for my time at Microsoft and the amazing people I had the honor to make products with.”

The former Microsoft head will transition out of the company over the next few weeks before he takes over at Amazon. Panay replaces Dave Limp who announced last month that he would be retiring at the end of this year. Panay brings with him decades of experience from his time at Microsoft, where he led the Microsoft Hardware Division and oversaw the development of Surface devices. In 2018, Panay rose to chief product officer at Microsoft where he led the Windows 11 development.

“Panos has had an incredible impact on our products and culture as well as the broader devices ecosystem,” Rajesh Jha, EVP of Experiences + Devices Group at Microsoft said in an email to Gizmodo. Jha added: “He will be missed, and I am personally very grateful for his many contributions over the years.”

CEO Satya Nadella said in an emailed statement: “Thank you, Panos, for your impact on our products, culture, company, and industry over the past two decades.” He added: “I’m grateful for your leadership, support, and all you’ve done for Microsoft and our customers and partners.”

Panay’s experience working with PCs may have a positive impact on Amazon’s devices group where his predecessor, Dave Limp, laid off a number of employees last year, saying in a memo to staff that “some roles will no longer be required.” He added: “It pains me to have to deliver this news as we know we will lose talented Amazonians from the Devices & Services org as a result.”

Panay’s new position comes as both Microsoft and Amazon are scheduled to hold their annual new hardware events this week. Amazon will host its event on its Arlington, Virginia campus this Wednesday. The event is expected to showcase Amazon’s newest gadgets which will reportedly emphasize how generative AI will contribute to Alexa’s capabilities, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.