Senior Black Executives Depart Amazon as It Names New Consumer Boss

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

Amazon confirmed the departures Tuesday shortly after announcing a new head of its retail and operations business.

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

On Tuesday, Andy Jassy, ​​who became chief executive of Amazon nearly a year ago, appointed Doug Herrington, a 17-year veteran of the company, as general manager of Amazon stores worldwide. . He fills a similar role to that held since early last year by Dave Clark, who was the company’s warehouse operations architect. Mr Clark is leaving Amazon at the end of the month – after 23 years with the company – to become the managing director of Flexport, a logistics start-up.

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

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

Ms Boler Davis joined Amazon in 2019 from General Motors, where she was once seen as a potential successor to the auto company’s chief executive, Mary Barra. In 2020, she joined Amazon’s “S-team” of senior executives, which at the time had no black members. Employees had expressed concern about the lack of diversity in this elite group. She was promoted to senior vice president of Amazon last year.

Bozeman joined Amazon in 2017 from Caterpillar and led operations that moved goods between buildings in its growing warehouse infrastructure.

Amazon said it had doubled the number of black employees in the United States at the director and vice president levels in 2020, and almost 70% more in 2021. About 70% of the American workforce of Amazon, largely its hourly workers who power its operations, are not white.

Mr. Felton wrote in an email to staff that Ms. Boler Davis and Mr. Bozeman had “decided to explore new opportunities outside of Amazon”, and he thanked them for “their outstanding contributions to the company. and our employees”.

Mr. Jassy’s memo also said that in addition to Mr. Felton, Mr. Herrington would have eight other direct reports, including executives responsible for international retail, healthcare businesses and a new program allowing merchants to offer Amazon Prime shipping benefits to customers. on their own websites. Eight men and one woman will report to Mr Herrington, according to the memo.

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