2 Black Executives Leave Amazon Amid Leadership Changes

Two black executives at Amazon are leaving the company, the e-commerce juggernaut confirmed Tuesday, hours after CEO Andy Jassy appointed a new head for the company’s ailing retail business.

Alicia Boler Davis, the senior vice president who oversees the company’s warehouses, and David Bozeman, Amazon’s vice president of transportation services, have decided to “explore new opportunities outside of Amazon,” according to John Felton, an Amazon executive who oversees the The company’s business handles organization, said in an email to employees. Boler Davis’ departure means there are no more black executives on Amazon’s executive team, which has been criticized for a lack of diversity.

“They have scaled our operations, introduced new skills and programs, and demonstrated relentless passion to make our operations better every day,” Felton said in the email.

Amazon did not provide further details on the reasons behind the two executives’ exit from the company and could not be immediately reached for comment.

News of her departure comes after an announcement by Jassy earlier in the day that Doug Herrington will become the new CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores, the company’s former “consumer” division, which has arrived with an oversupply following a massive expansion during the pandemic storage space is struggling . Jassy also previously announced that Amazon’s operations organization would be unified under Felton, who will manage the company’s warehousing and supply networks and report to Herrington.

Herrington assumes this role after seven years leading the company’s North American consumer business. He replaces Dave Clark, who announced his surprise departure from the company earlier this month after 23 years. Days later, Clark said he would join logistics startup Flexport as the new CEO in September.

In a note to employees later posted to the company’s website, Jassy said Herrington is “a builder of great teams and brings extensive retail, grocery, demand generation, product development and Amazon experience.”

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