Windows and Surface Boss Panos Panay Leaving Microsoft After 19 Years for Amazon

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Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices, at Microsoft, has announced that he is leaving the company after nearly two decades at the company. Panay, who’s been with Microsoft for “19 incredible years,” didn’t elaborate on where he is going in the tweet that he shared this morning, but according to a report from Bloomberg (alternate link), he’ll be replacing Dave Limp over at another tech giant, Amazon. Limp, Amazon’s hardware chief, ran the division responsible for Alexa and the company’s Echo smart speakers.

Dave Limp, the longtime Amazon hardware chief, said last month that he would retire from the company before the end of the year.

Amazon is holding its annual new devices event on Wednesday at its growing campus in Arlington, Virginia. The unit, which also makes Fire-branded television streaming sticks, tablets and the Kindle e-reader, was hit by layoffs last year as the company adjusted to slower growth and wound down some projects.

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