SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Twilio (http://twilio.com), the software and cloud-based communications platform, today announced that Richard Dalzell has joined its Board of Directors. Dalzell is the former Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer and cloud computing pioneer. In his role at Amazon, Dalzell was responsible for the worldwide architecture and software that powers Amazon's technology platform. During his decade long tenure with Amazon, the company's IT infrastructure scaled to support more than 69 million customer accounts, over 40 product lines and over a million third-party sellers. Dalzell also played a key role in the launch of Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing platform that is now leveraged by hundreds of thousands of developers and businesses around the world.
"Rick and Amazon helped invent cloud computing. AWS virtualized the traditional data center and made it available at scale to companies around the world. That same shift is happening in communications. As Twilio continues to grow, Rick's advice and insight will be invaluable in helping us address the needs of our developers and enterprise customers," said Jeff Lawson, CEO and Co-Founder of Twilio.
Prior to joining Amazon.com, Inc., Dalzell served several roles at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc from 1990 to 1997, including Vice President of the Information Systems Division where he led the development of Wal-Mart's data warehouse strategy.
Dalzell holds a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point.
"Twilio is doing for communications what Amazon Web Services has done for technology infrastructure—it's leveling the playing field and making it possible for any business to have access to the communications infrastructure that let's them connect with their customers via virtually any channel the customer chooses. Twilio is a game-changer in the communications space, and I'm looking forward to seeing what both Twilio and its customers will build next," said Dalzell.
Dalzell joins Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures, Byron Deeter of Bessemer Venture Partners, Scott Raney of Redpoint Ventures, Jim McGeever COO of Netsuite, Twilio CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson, and co-founder Evan Cooke on the board.
Twilio, the software and cloud-based communications platform, enables developers and businesses to rapidly build and deploy communication solutions that meet their specific needs. Whether integrating voice, messaging and/or VoIP capabilities into a web or mobile app or building a complete system like a call center, Twilio removes the traditional obstacles to creating effective communications experiences. Twilio gives businesses the ability to innovate, prototype, create, and connect with their customers at the right time and in the right way. The company is privately held and based in San Francisco, California.