Square picks up former AWS exec to lead engineering

Bringing in a seasoned infrastructure exec at this moment is crucial for Square amidst global expansion as well as an expected IPO.


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But Alyssa Henry comes from Amazon Web Services, where she most recently served as vice president of storage services, overseeing teams, software, and businesses subscribing to S3 and has joined Square to lead engineering for the company.

Announced on Monday morning, Henry is Square's new engineering chief, responsible for all engineering operations serving the private company's infrastructure and payments platform.

Ever mindful of its startup roots, Square highlighted that Henry launched her career as a developer in the financial services industry.

Since then Henry spent more than a decade at Microsoft in various engineering, product, and management roles while working on projects related to databases and customer relationship management software, among other solutions.

Before joining the Amazon Web Services team, Henry also served as Amazon’s director of software development for ordering workflow software and databases.

The credit card processing company, founded and run by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey , asserted that it oversees digital transactions worth "tens of billions of dollars in payments annually."

Thus, bringing in a seasoned and experienced infrastructure exec at this moment is crucial -- not only as Square starts to spread its wings with multiple payment schemes while growing internationally, but the San Francisco-headquartered firm is widely expected to plotting a Wall Street debut at some point this year.