James Hamilton

SVP, Distinguished Engineer at Amazon

James Hamilton is currently serving as the SVP & Distinguished Engineer at Amazon, focusing on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to Amazon, James held leadership roles at Microsoft and IBM, specializing in architecting core technologies such as Windows Live Core and Microsoft SQL Server. With a background in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria, James brings a wealth of expertise in software architecture and infrastructure management to their current role at Amazon.


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  • SVP, Distinguished Engineer

    July, 2021 - present

  • VP, Distinguished Engineer, AWS

    December, 2008