By Gautham Nagesh - 12/01/10 05:33 PM EST
Teresa Carlson, who leads Microsoft's federal government sales team, is leaving to join Amazon.com's growing cloud-computing business, according to a report from FedNewsRadio.
FedNewsRadio's Chris Dorobek reported Wednesday that Carlson has told friends she will start Dec. 13.
As one of the most prominent members of the technology contracting community, Carlson's loss will be viewed as a blow to Microsoft, which has yet to name a replacement. Carlson has been at the software giant since 2002, rising to the position of vice president of Microsoft Federal.
The move will also be viewed as a shot in the arm for Amazon's cloud-computing business, which has been active in the government space through projects such as hosting the stimulus-tracking website Recovery.gov.