Nokia's developer relations chief moves to Amazon Web Services

The Nokia exec responsible for drumming up developer support during Nokia's shift to Windows Phone has left.

The Nokia executive responsible for drawing developers to app opportunities on Nokia's Lumia and Asha handsets is moving to Amazon Web Services.

Marco Argenti, SVP of developer experience and Marketplace, will take up an unspecified position at Amazon Web Services.

Announcing the move in a Twitter update yesterday, Argenti wrote: "Its been an exciting ride at #Nokia, glad 2 have been part of and wishing great success 4 the future. Looking fw to a new chapter at #AWS."

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Argenti was responsible for talking up opportunities for developers across Nokia's line of Windows Phone Lumia handsets and its cheaper Series 40 devices, including the Asha touchscreen line . He joined Nokia in 2008 initially as its vice president of media and games where he was responsible for Nokia's application store, games and content under the Ovi brand.

In 2011, the year Nokia threw in its towel with Symbian and committed to Microsoft and Windows Phone, Argenti became senior vice president of developer experience and Marketplace at Nokia where he was given the task of encouraging developers to take a leap of faith on Nokia's new platform strategy .

To drum up developer support back then, Argenti helped kick off Nokia's device seeding program to give 25,000 Nokia Windows Phones to developers. At the time, Nokia's Ovi store had some 90,000 apps compared with just 30,000 Windows Phone apps. As Microsoft announced this week, Windows Phone now has 170,000 apps, but despite the growth, it's still a fraction of the over 800,000 Android apps currently hosted on Google Play.

While it's not known where in Amazon's labyrinthine cloud Argenti will go, he follows several senior Windows Phone execs from Microsoft who have joined in the last year.