Top Black Executives Are Leaving Amazon As It Appoints New Chief Consumer Officer

Two of Amazon’s top black executives are leaving the company, according to four people familiar with the change, leaving Amazon without black leaders on its senior leadership team, which includes more than two dozen executives responsible for running the company. .

Amazon confirmed the departures on Monday shortly after the company announced a new head of its retail and operations business.

Alicia Boler Davis, the senior vice president who oversees Amazon’s fulfillment operations, and David Bozeman, the vice president who oversees trucking operations, are leaving, the people said. Neither immediately responded to requests for comment. Amazon had no further comment.

Their departures come as Andy Jassy, ​​who became CEO nearly a year ago, named Doug Herrington, a 17-year veteran of the company, as the new CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores. He is filling a role similar to the one he filled since early last year by Dave Clark, who was the architect of the company’s expanding warehousing operations. Clark will leave Amazon at the end of the month, after 23 years with the company, to become the CEO of Flexport, a logistics startup.

In an email to employees announcing the change, Mr Jassy said Mr Herrington was “a great team builder and brings substantial experience in retail, grocery, demand generation, product development and Amazon.”

The company’s extensive operations, including the warehouses, trucks and delivery networks that fulfill and ship customer orders, will be led by John Felton, another veteran who recently led the company’s logistics and delivery operations.

Ms. Boler Davis joined Amazon in 2019 from General Motors, where she was once seen as a possible successor to the car company’s CEO, Mary Barra. In 2020, she joined Amazon’s “S-Team” of senior leaders, which at the time had no black members. Employees had raised concerns about the lack of diversity in that elite group. She was promoted to senior vice president of Amazon last year.

Mr. Bozeman joined Amazon in 2017 from Caterpillar and led operations moving freight between buildings in its growing warehouse infrastructure.

Amazon said it doubled the number of black employees in the United States at the director and vice president levels in 2020, and by another nearly 70 percent in 2021. About 70 percent of Amazon’s workforce in the United States, in much of its hourly workers who drive its operations are not white

Mr. Jassy’s note also said that in addition to Mr. Felton, Mr. Herrington will have eight other direct reports, including leaders responsible for the international retail business, healthcare companies, and a new program to allow merchants to offer Amazon Prime shipping benefits to customers. on their own websites. According to the memorandum, Mr. Herrington will have eight men and one woman reporting to him.

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