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Amazon sues web services chief who joined Google

Claims breach of contract agreements
Tue Oct 30 2012, 10:24
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ONLINE BOOKSELLER Amazon is suing Daniel Powers, its ex VP in charge of global sales for Amazon Web Services because he joined Google in a cloud role.

Taking the new job, asserts Amazon, violates Powers' non-compete agreement with Amazon, which let Powers go this summer with a reasonable severance package.

There is a risk that Powers could take important information that he learned about the Amazon web services business to its rival, Google, and that is what the firm is seeking to stop.

According to Geekwire Amazon wants an injunction against Powers to prevent him from "engaging in any activities that directly or indirectly support any aspect of Google's cloud computing business".

A court filing claims that Amazon has an agreement with Powers that says he will not join a rival for a "limited time following the termination of his employment".

Powers, it warns, is a veteran who knows the cloud business from "top to bottom", adding that he has "acquired and currently possesses extensive knowledge of Amazon's trade secrets and its highly confidential information".

The complaint says that he has extensive and detailed information about Amazon Web Services' prospects, business, potential business partners, pricing strategies and goals.

Amazon has not provided us with further comment. µ

 

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