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William Vass

VP Engineering

Amazon Web Services

William Vass

Bill Vass is Vice President of Engineering at Amazon Web Services. In this role, he oversees a wide variety of service teams focused on automation, streaming, messaging, and storage within AWS. He leads the organizations working on: Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Simple Storage Service (S3) Object Storage Service, Glacier Archival Storage Service, Storage Gateway Service, Snowball Storage Transfer and Edge Processing Services, CloudWatch Monitoring and Events Services, CloudTrail API Logging Service, Simple Queuing Service (SQS), Simple Notification Service (SNS), Simple Work Flow Service (SWF), Step Functions Service, Auto Scaling Service, Transactional Systems, and Kinesis Streaming Analytics Services. With these services, the team develops and operates the largest software defined storage, messaging, and monitoring systems in the world, which are used by web-based companies, consumer companies, enterprises, and governments, as well as the growing world of Internet of Things products. This allows AWS’ customers to store, analyze, manage, and retrieve information quickly and efficiently. These services also help large customers on-ramp data into the AWS ecosystem, so that companies can scale quickly to take advantage the AWS full spectrum of compute and analytic services. Prior to AWS, Mr. Vass was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Robotics, Inc., a pioneering Data as a Service, cloud-based solutions company that designs and builds autonomous robots that serve a wide range of customers in the energy, shipping, defense, communications, scientific, intelligence, and environmental markets. Prior to that, Mr. Vass was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Microsystems Federal, an independent subsidiary of Sun Microsystems with its own board of directors, where he was responsible for growing over $1.4B of revenue. His responsibilities spanned Product Development, Sales and Business Development, Marketing, Partner Management, and Service Delivery. Before leading Sun Microsystems Federal, Mr. Vass served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Sun, where he defined and delivered the technology vision and architecture while he managed global deployments in support of Sun’s 50K business users. During his time as CIO, Mr. Vass significantly improved security, availability, and application delivery while reducing the overall operations cost of IT from $880M to $360M. Mr. Vass had a lengthy public service career. Working for the Secretary of Defense in the Office of the CIO, he was responsible for oversight of a $35.5B budget, as well as system and software acquisition, research, development, and integration standards for over 6,800 IT systems. His organization managed networks, servers and applications across the Pentagon’s defense networks. Prior to joining the Office of the CIO, Mr. Vass was CTO and technical lead for the U.S. Army’s personnel systems worldwide. Before his work at the DoD, Mr. Vass developed large-scale commercial Information Technology engineering and business systems solutions for defense system integrators, as well as the oil and gas and ocean engineering industries.