Federal Contractors | Technology 2023: MAX PETERSON
VICE PRESIDENT, WORLDWIDE PUBLIC SECTOR, AMAZON WEB SERVICES, ARLINGTON COUNTY
Peterson, who joined AWS in 2012 and started his current role in 2021, has more than 30 years of public sector experience, with stints at Dell and CDW-G. Now he’s guiding the $80.1 billion Amazon.com cloud subsidiary through a variety of high-tech federal projects.
So far, AWS landed a spot (along with Google, Microsoft and Oracle) in December 2022 on the Department of Defense’s $9 billion Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract. And AWS kicked off 2023 by announcing it plans to invest $35 billion by 2040 to add multiple data center campuses across Virginia, creating 1,000 jobs.
A two-time graduate of the University of Maryland, Peterson serves as co-chair of the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, a nonpartisan think tank promoting technology and innovation. He also sits on the board of Halcyon, which funds social entrepreneurship ventures.
FIRST JOB: I worked at a pizza shop in high school and was a serial entrepreneur, starting three different businesses during my undergrad studies.