It didn’t take long to find out the new home of Panos Panay. The industry veteran, instrumental in developing Windows 11 and the Microsoft Surface line of 2-in-1s and laptops, has reportedly been hired by Amazon, according to Bloomberg. The former Microsoft chief product officer will lead Amazon’s division responsible for Alexa and Echo smart devices.
Panay will replace Dave Limp, the Amazon executive who previously oversaw Alexa and Echo, who announced his retirement last month. Panay’s move from one Seattle-based tech giant to another will put him in charge of a division that has been hit by layoffs in the past year. Surprisingly, Amazon and Microsoft each have fall hardware events scheduled this week.
Microsoft brought Panay in 2004 as a group program manager. He oversaw the development of Surface devices during their formative years, where he became a keynote speaker with his passionate and detailed product launch keynotes. He was promoted in 2018 to chief product officer before landing his final position at Microsoft as executive vice president in 2021. Panay said he “decided to turn the page and write the next chapter.” Yusuf Mehdi will succeed him as head of Microsoft’s Windows and Surface teams.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and confirmation, and we’ll update this article when we hear back.