One of the top executives of Amazon.com Inc., who superintended the firm’s ascend in brick and mortar retail, Steve Kessel, has announced his plans of leaving the company. He informed his team via an internal email, and the idea was confirmed on Friday by a technology news site GeekWire that he would step down from his position in early 2020.
What Steve plans for the future?
Steve, being among the longest-serving executives, is also the developer of the Kindle e-reader application. He, at present, directs Amazon’s several high-profile projects, involving:
- the Amazon Go cashier-less convenience stores,
- the quick-delivery Prime Now Program, and the
- Whole Food Market chain the enterprise overtook in 2017.
According to an Amazon spokesperson, Steve cites no plans to join any other company after leaving the business giant but would focus on community service and non-profit work.
In an email to Geekwire, Steve wrote, “It’s hard to leave something I’ve loved doing for so long, inventing alongside a fantastic group of people, but it’s a good time to make this change because of the teams and plans we have in place.”
Dave Clark will undertake Steve’s leadership
After Steve’s departure, the leadership of these amazon units will be directed to Dave Clark, who oversees the company’s enormous logistics and delivery operations and also the Prime membership program.
Clark himself is a longstanding official of Amazon and holds stand among the most outspoken of the company’s tight-knit group of executives. He is a frequent Twitter user, boosting breakthroughs and firmly reverting to the cynics. Clark defined Steve as a “great leader and an even better person.”