Xero’s chief platform officer, Duncan Ritchie, is handing the responsibilities of his role to Tony Stewart, Xero’s current head of small business products. This follows a flurry of social media activity and speculation on Friday afternoon.
Mr Ritchie heads up the teams that design and support Xero and its applications. He was previously general manager of operations for two years with Xero, where he was responsible for platforms operation and internal IT management.
Mr Ritchie will be taking an extended period of leave, and according to Xero will “review his potential role options” with Xero later in 2017.
One of Mr Ritchie’s major recent projects with Xero was transitioning its entire platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS.)
The migration, which took over two years to be architected and executed, involved moving 1.4 petabytes of data to AWS, which included 59 billion records, 3,000 apps and 120 databases.
It also moved all of its 862,000 subscribers to AWS, more than half of which joined during the migration process, and rolled out more than 1,400 product updates during that time.