Two of Amazon’s most senior Black executives are departing the corporate, in line with 4 individuals aware of the change, leaving Amazon with none Black leaders on its senior management workforce, which incorporates greater than two dozen executives liable for working the corporate.
Amazon confirmed the departures on Tuesday shortly after asserting a brand new head of its retail and operations enterprise.
Alicia Boler Davis, the senior vice chairman who oversees Amazon’s achievement operations, and David Bozeman, the vice chairman overseeing its trucking operations, are each leaving, the individuals stated. Neither instantly responded to requests for remark. Amazon had no additional remark.
On Tuesday, Andy Jassy, who turned chief govt of Amazon virtually a yr in the past, named Doug Herrington, a 17-year veteran of the corporate, as the brand new chief govt of Worldwide Amazon Shops. He’s filling a job just like one held since early final yr by Dave Clark, who was the architect of the corporate’s warehouse operations. Mr. Clark is leaving Amazon on the finish of the month — after 23 years on the firm — to develop into the chief govt of Flexport, a logistics start-up.
In an electronic mail to workers asserting the change, Mr. Jassy stated Mr. Herrington was “a builder of nice groups and brings substantial retail, grocery, demand era, product growth, and Amazon expertise to bear.”
The corporate’s huge operations, together with warehouses, vans and supply networks that fulfill and ship buyer orders, will probably be managed by John Felton, one other longtime veteran who had most just lately run the corporate’s logistics and supply operations.
Ms. Boler Davis joined Amazon in 2019 from Normal Motors, the place she was as soon as seen as a possible successor to the auto firm’s chief govt, Mary Barra. In 2020, she joined Amazon’s “S-team” of senior leaders, which on the time had no Black members. Workers had voiced concern concerning the lack of variety in that elite group. She was promoted to senior vice chairman at Amazon final yr.
Mr. Bozeman joined Amazon in 2017 from Caterpillar and ran operations that hauled cargo between buildings in its rising warehouse infrastructure.
Amazon stated it doubled the variety of Black workers in america on the director and vice chairman ranges in 2020, and by one other virtually 70 p.c in 2021. About 70 p.c of Amazon’s U.S. work drive, largely its hourly staff that energy its operations, should not white.
Mr. Felton wrote in an electronic mail to workers that Ms. Boler Davis and Mr. Bozeman had “determined to discover new alternatives outdoors Amazon,” and he thanked them for “their outstanding contributions to the corporate and our workers.”
Mr. Jassy’s be aware additionally stated that along with Mr. Felton, Mr. Herrington would have eight different direct reviews, together with leaders liable for the worldwide retail enterprise, well being care ventures and a brand new program to let retailers provide Amazon’s Prime delivery advantages to clients on their very own web sites. Eight males and one girl will report back to Mr. Herrington, in line with the memo.