Amazon immediately elected Keith Alexander, a retired four-star basic of the U.S. Military, because it latest board director.
Alexander was beforehand director of the Nationwide Safety Company and chief of the Central Safety Service from 2005 to 2014. He additionally served because the commander of U.S. Cyber Command from 2010 to 2014, and is at the moment co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, a Maryland-based firm he based in 2014.
In a 2013 profile, Wired described Alexander because the “spy chief leading us into cyberwar.” Alexander led the NSA in 2013 when the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden first got here out.
“Never before has anyone in America’s intelligence sphere come close to his degree of power, the number of people under his command, the expanse of his rule, the length of his reign, or the depth of his secrecy,” the Wired story famous.
Alexander joins Amazon’s board because the tech large continues a legal fight against the Department of Defense over its determination to award Microsoft with the $10 billion JEDI navy cloud computing contract.
Alexander is Amazon’s 11th board director. He may also be a part of the board’s Audit Committee. The corporate at the moment has six males and 5 girls on the 11-member board.
In 2018, going through an worker backlash and public criticism from black and Hispanic members of Congress, Amazon adopted a new policy to contemplate “a slate of diverse candidates, including women and minorities” for future openings on its board. The corporate stated on the time that it was merely formalizing its current observe. Firms are increasingly being called upon to extend board range. Amazon added two women of color to its board final yr.
Amazon’s different board administrators are CEO Jeff Bezos; Rosalind Brewer; Jamie Gorelick; Daniel Huttenlocher; Judith McGrath; Indra Nooyi; Jonathan Rubinstein; Thomas Ryder; Patricia Stonesifer; and Wendell Weeks.