Amazon CEO Andy Jassy speaks in the course of the GeekWire Summit in Seattle on Oct. 5, 2021.
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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy acknowledged dropping two high Black executives, who led warehouses and transportation, in an organization e mail Tuesday night time.
Jassy’s e mail sang the executives’ praises, including that he is “really sorry to see them go away as they each have added important worth to the corporate.” The word was beforehand reported by Seattle tech weblog Geekwire.
Jassy’s acknowledgement Tuesday night time got here after the corporate announced this week that Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment and a member of the company’s leadership team, and David Bozeman, VP of Amazon Transportation Services, would be departing the company.
“Though we’ve made substantial progress in hiring Level 8 and Level 10 black leaders the last two years, it’s not lost on any of us that we’re losing two of our most senior black leaders,” Jassy’s email continued.
Their departures came after Amazon announced earlier this month that CEO of Worldwide Consumer Dave Clark will resign on July 1. On Tuesday, Jassy announced longtime Amazon executive Doug Herrington will take over the consumer business as the new chief executive of Worldwide Amazon Stores. Boler-Davis was in the running to be a potential successor.
Both were among the company’s few top Black executives. Boler-Davis was the only Black member of Amazon’s “S-team,” which is the company’s senior leadership team.
Amazon has made progress on diversity in its executive ranks in recent years, but still only 5.5% of its senior leaders were Black as of the end of 2021, according to company data.
“We have a lot of work left to do,” Jassy’s email concluded.
Here was Jassy’s whole note:
Suspect that you simply all noticed the org bulletins earlier in the present day.
Coincident with these modifications, Alicia Boler Davis and Dave Bozeman have determined to depart Amazon. I’m really sorry to see them go away as they each have added important worth to the corporate.
Alicia joined Amazon at a loopy time (we have been simply launching 1-day Prime), and it solely received tougher with the pandemic the final two years. There’s no manner we may have almost doubled our Fulfillment community the final two years with out Alicia’s steadfast and tenacious management. She has taught us quite a bit in three years at Amazon, has been a helpful steam member, and I’m very respect of her contribution and work. Similarly, Dave has been right here slightly over 5 years and constructed out our center mile community, which has been an integral half of our transportation functionality. There is not any transportation community as we all know it in the present day with out Dave’s management and steerage. I’ve quite a bit of respect for them each, we are going to miss them, and I do know that the businesses the place they subsequent settle will likely be very lucky.
Though we have made substantial progress in hiring Level 8 and Level 10 black leaders the final two years, it is not misplaced on any of us that we’re dropping two of our most senior black leaders. Change typically brings about different modifications, and it is typically difficult to navigate some of these shifts. But, I’m (as I do know the remainder of s crew is) dedicated to persevering with to rent and develop black senior leaders, in addition to leaders in different under-represented segments. We have quite a bit of significant management roles on the firm, and we’re working onerous to turn into as various and inclusive as we want. We have quite a bit of work left to do. We’ll stay vigilant about it whereas all the time ensuring we make the precise selections for purchasers and the enterprise.
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