Emmet Ryan: Why Amazon’s change at the top could have big implications for Ireland

Andy Jassy taking over from Jeff Bezos as chief executive could make this country more important in the tech giant’s global strategy

Irish customers might be frustrated by the lack of an Amazon.ie, but the AWS (Amazon Web Services) presence here will be of far greater priority to Andy Jassy, the new chief executive. Picture: Getty

Three letters. AWS. The acronym for Amazon Web Services is better known than the full name at this stage. That’s the background Andy Jassy, the man taking over as Amazon chief executive, brings to the role, and those letters are going to mean an awful lot of Ireland.

While Amazon is better known for its retail business and even Prime Video for most people, AWS is the financial engine that has driven Amazon into $1 ...