Keith Alexander, former director of the US National Security Administration (NSA).
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Amazon announced Wednesday that Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, has been named to the company’s board of directors.
Alexander will bring considerable national security and cybersecurity experience to Amazon̵
Alexander’s appointment comes at a critical time for Amazon. The company gets stuck in a battle with Microsoft over the JEDI cloud contract, or Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. The JEDI contract has become one of the most contested contracts for the Department of Defense, as it is intended to help modernize the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure and could be worth up to $ 10 billion for services rendered in up to 10 years.
Last week, the Pentagon said it will abide by its decision to award the contract to Microsoft, following its extensive re-evaluation of JEDI cloud proposals. Amazon said in a biting blog post that it would continue to seek a review of the situation.
Alexander was awarded 288 common shares as part of his nomination, which will mature in three equal annual installments starting November 15, 2021. Amazon shares closed at $ 3,268.61 per share on Wednesday.
Here is the full list of Amazon’s board of directors:
- Jeff Bezos (CEO and President of Amazon)
- Rosalind Brewer (COO of Starbucks)
- Jamie Gorelick (former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and Fannie Mae’s Vice President)
- Daniel Huttenlocher (founding principal of Cornell Tech)
- Judith McGrath (former CEO of MTV Networks)
- Jonathan Rubinstein (former Apple executive and CEO of Palm)
- Thomas Ryder (former CEO of The Reader’s Digest Association)
- Patricia Stonesifer (CEO of Martha’s Table)
- Wendell Weeks (CEO of Corning)
- Indra Nooyi (former CEO of Pepsi)
- Keith Alexander (former director of the NSA)
– CNBC’s Amanda Macias and Jordan Novet contributed to this article.