Jeff Bezos to depart Amazon CEO publish after 27 years, turn out to be government chair

Jeff Bezos bows to a crowd
Enlarge / Jeff Bezos greets a crowd at Amazon’s Smbhav occasion in New Delhi on January 15, 2020.

Jeff Bezos, the founding father of Amazon and Elon Musk’s perpetual rival within the seesaw “world’s richest man” contest, at present introduced he’s leaving the CEO publish of the Web big he has led since 1994.

Bezos will change from the CEO spot to Amazon’s government chairmanship in Q3 of this yr, he instructed his “fellow Amazonians” in a employees e-mail posted on Amazon’s website. Bezos’ substitute as CEO can be Andy Jassy, a key player in Amazon Web Services, the corporate’s cloud-computing division.

“This journey started some 27 years in the past,” Bezos wrote. “Amazon was solely an thought, and it had no identify. The query I used to be requested most often at the moment was, ‘What is the Web?’ Blessedly, I have not needed to clarify that in a protracted whereas.”

Bezos, 57, plans to remain concerned in product growth. “Within the Exec Chair position, I intend to focus my energies and a focus on new merchandise and early initiatives,” he wrote. “Andy is well-known inside the corporate and has been at Amazon virtually so long as I’ve. He can be an impressive chief, and he has my full confidence.”

Amazon now has 1.3 million staff and “serve[s] a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of shoppers and companies,” Bezos famous.

“How did that occur? Invention. Invention is the basis of our success,” he wrote. “We have finished loopy issues collectively, after which made them regular. We pioneered buyer evaluations, 1-Click on, personalised suggestions, Prime’s insanely-fast delivery, Simply Stroll Out procuring, the Local weather Pledge, Kindle, Alexa, market, infrastructure cloud computing, Profession Selection, and far more. Should you get it proper, a number of years after a stunning invention, the brand new factor has turn out to be regular. Folks yawn. And that yawn is the best praise an inventor can obtain.”

Bezos wrote that he is pleased with Amazon’s “$15 minimal wage and the Local weather Pledge” and stated, “I discover my work significant and enjoyable. I get to work with the neatest, most proficient, most ingenious teammates.”

Bezos not “retiring,” will give attention to “different passions”

Transferring from the CEO to government chairman position will give Bezos time to give attention to particular initiatives, he wrote. “Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep accountability, and it is consuming,” he wrote. “When you’ve a accountability like that, it is arduous to place consideration on the rest. As Exec Chair I’ll keep engaged in necessary Amazon initiatives but additionally have the time and power I must give attention to the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Put up, and my different passions. I’ve by no means had extra power, and this is not about retiring. I am tremendous passionate concerning the impression I believe these organizations can have.”

Amazon announced Q4 2020 earnings at present, reporting web gross sales of $125.6 billion, up 44 % yr over yr. Web earnings within the quarter was $7.2 billion, up from $3.3 billion within the earlier yr’s fourth quarter. Web gross sales for full-year 2020 had been $386.1 billion, up 38 % from 2019. Web earnings was $21.3 billion in full-year 2020, up from $11.6 billion the earlier yr.

Jassy constructed AWS into massive enterprise

Jassy labored carefully with Bezos earlier than beginning AWS, in accordance with a 2015 profile of Jassy by CRN, a commerce publication:

Previous to being appointed head of AWS, Jassy had been in what’s identified at Amazon as a “Technical Assistant” position, working with Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

“On the time, we referred to as it a ‘shadow position.’ And it actually was like being Jeff’s shadow—I participated in all of his conferences, together with his one-on-ones,” stated Jassy, who spent 18 months within the place.

Amazon Net Companies grew to become commercially obtainable in 2006, providing infrastructure-as-a-service and different cloud computing capabilities. AWS has turn out to be one in every of Amazon’s key companies, and in full-year 2020, it earned $45.4 billion in web gross sales and $13.5 billion in working earnings.

Jassy began the AWS workforce inside Amazon in 2003, the CRN article stated. Three early AWS engineers “described Jassy as an awfully detail-focused supervisor with a photographic reminiscence and a penchant for asking troublesome and insightful technical questions,” the article stated.

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