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Black top executives quit Amazon as it appoints 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 on Monday shortly after the company announced 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.

Their departures come as Andy Jassy, ​​who became CEO nearly a year ago, has named Doug Herrington, a 17-year veteran of the company, as the new CEO of Amazon Stores Worldwide. . He fills a similar role to that held since early last year by Dave Clark, who was the architect of the company’s extensive warehouse operations. Clark is leaving Amazon at the end of the month – after 23 years with the company – to become the CEO of logistics startup Flexport.

In an email to employees announcing the change, Jassy said Herrington is “a terrific team builder and brings substantial experience in retail, grocery, demand generation, business development products and from 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.

Boler Davis joined Amazon in 2019 from General Motors, where she was once seen as a potential successor to auto company CEO 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.

Jassy’s memo says that in addition to Felton, Herrington will have eight other direct reports, including executives responsible for international retail, healthcare businesses and a new program for merchants to offer the benefits of Amazon Prime shipping to customers on their own websites. Herrington will have eight men and one woman under her care, according to the memo.

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