Jeff Wilke, chief executive officer of worldwide consumer of Amazon.com.
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Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business, will retire from the company in the first quarter of 2021, Amazon announced in a regulatory filing on Friday.
Dave Clark, who is senior vice president of retail operations, will succeed Wilke after he retires, Amazon said.
In a memo to employees, CEO Jeff Bezos called Wilke “an incredible teacher to all of us” and said Clark is well suited to assume Jeff’s role early next year.
“Since Jeff joined the company, I have been lucky enough to have him as my tutor,” Bezos said. “Jeff’s legacy and impact will live on long after he departs. He is simply one of those people without whom Amazon would be completely unrecognizable.”
Wilke has been with Amazon for over two decades, joining the company in 1999 to lead global operations. Since then, he’s risen through the ranks and now oversees the company’s core e-commerce and physical retail business. Wilke is one of the closest executives to report to Bezos and is a member of his S-Team, a tight-knit group of over a dozen senior executives. He was widely considered to be a potential successor for Bezos should he ever step down.
Amazon declined to comment further on Wilke’s plan to retire.
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