Brian Hall, a former vice president of AWS marketing who quit Google Cloud, has been embroiled in a legal dispute with the former owner over alleged breaches of a competition ban agreement. For now, however, the two sides appear to have reached a secret settlement. Just one night apart, Brian Hall changed his LinkedIn profile title, indicating that he had been approved as Google Cloud’s vice president of product and industry marketing.
Photo by Brian Hall on Twitter.
Before the legal battle with Amazon was settled, Brian Hall had mocked himself as a “vp of purgatory” at Google.
In fact, the case is just the latest in a series of competing lawsuits involving Amazon and other Washington state companies. Such employment terms, which are at the forefront of the storm, have long been largely banned in California.
Washington state enacted new rules last year aimed at limiting competition, but not employees earning more than $100,000 a year.
While Amazon and other technology companies see the rules as necessary safeguards, critics say they put Seattle Maps’ technology industry at a disadvantage in the face of California competition.
Charles Fitzgerald, a Seattle-area angel investor who is a supporter of Brian Hall, said settlements are usually made confidential.
The remaining question is whether AWS will overhaul its overly broad prohibition of competition. For anyone considering working at AWS, the uncertainty posed by this lawsuit remains.