Microsoft confirmed that it has hired longtime Amazon Web Services leader Charlie Bell to lead a newly formed engineering organization to address cybersecurity and related issues, but said it has not yet reached an agreement with Amazon on Bell’s non-compete agreement the company could achieve.
“We believe Charlie Bell’s new role can help improve cybersecurity for the country and the technology sector at large, and we are determined to continue our constructive discussions with Amazon,” said Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of communications for Microsoft, in a statement Wednesday morning. “We recognize the importance of solving these problems together, as we have done for the past five years Microsoft Executives have moved across town to work for Amazon. “
GeekWire asked Amazon for a comment.
In a memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Bell “will take over his professional duties as soon as a solution …