Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s Chief of Consumer Business, Will Retire Next Year

Mr. Wilke, who has been an important deputy to Jeff Bezos, is leaving his post after establishing an e-commerce business for 20 years.

The announcement of AMAZON:

Amazon executive Jeff Wilke has long been considered the main candidate to succeed Jeff Bezos as CEO, and he is about to leave the company. Amazon announced in a document from the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that Wilk, CEO of Amazon’s global consumer business, will resign in the first quarter of next year. He will be succeeded by Dave Clark, currently senior vice president of global operations.

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Amazon has established physical retail stores:

Wilke joined Amazon in 1999 and led its consumer business through unprecedented growth-far beyond its origins in e-commerce and books, becoming a popular shopping destination. Amazon has established physical retail stores, introduced new equipment, technologies and media, and expanded its fulfillment and delivery systems to reach customers worldwide. During his tenure, this broader company has grown from 5,000 people to 1 million people worldwide.

During his tenure at Amazon:

Wilke was known for wearing flannel shirts in the fourth quarter of each year, in order to make the company’s operating workers the top priority for the administration and headquarters team. The subject line of Wilke’s Friday memo was “hanging flannel.” He wrote: “Flannel gave me an opportunity to discuss our operations and remind everyone of how dedicated and customer-centric our colleagues in this field are also.”

Wilke wrote in the memo:

 “Dave thinks boldly and leads.” “He is Amazon Robotics, the huge thinking power behind our Prime Air fleet and AMZL delivery scale.

As part of the change, Amazon will add three executives to its “S-team” (the inner circle of the company’s senior leaders): Alicia Boler Davis, General Motors has 25 years of experience and joined Amazon last year as Vice President of Global Customer Satisfaction; John Felton, long-term executive of Amazon, Vice President of Global Delivery Services; former Microsoft executive Dave Treadwell, he in 2016 Joined Amazon in 2009 and is currently the Vice President of the E-Commerce Foundation.

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