Leaving for a new calling.
Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer division and Amazon’s second Jeff, has announced to retire in the first quarter of 2021, last Friday.
He is the one who was responsible for Amazon’s high-priority business lines. They even speculated him to be the possible and most suitable successor of CEO, Jeff Bezos. He joined Amazon in 1999 and helped build the company’s logistics operations.
He was then assigned as the company’s global consumer business in 2016.
Amazon Jeff Wilke’s Statement
According to the reports, he delivered a company-wide memo saying, “time for me to take time to explore personal interests that have taken a back seat for over two decades.”
He then added that he would like to focus on preparing Amazon for the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Bezos said in an email to employees that Wilke had set up the company to succeed in his absence, referring to him as a “tutor.”
“Jeff’s legacy and impact will live on long after he departs,” Bezos wrote. “He is simply one of those people without whom Amazon would be completely unrecognizable.”
Amazon’s New Retail CEO After 20 Years
On Friday, Amazon announced their new Retail CEO for Worldwide Consumer Dave Clark to their operations after Jeff Wilke decided to step down next year. This promotion will lead Clark to be one of three CEOs at Amazon. And they will be managing the company alongside its founder Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy, the cloud head.
His new job is to oversee everything from Amazon’s core retail business to its massive shipping and logistics arm, which also includes Whole Foods. Amazon’s retail business has been notably garnered $340 billion worth of products last year.
Clark has been giving his efforts for the past two decades to climb on the corporate ladder which was then recognized by the founder.