Amazon UK has appointed John Boumphrey as its new head of operations, set to succeed Doug Gurr when he steps down in November.
In June it was announced that Gurr, who has acted as Amazon UK’s country manager since 2016, was leaving the company to join the Natural History Museum.
Amazon has now revealed that he will be replaced by current vice-president of Amazon Fashion Europe Boumphrey, according to the Evening Standard.
Boumphrey has held various positions at Amazon over a career spanning nearly a decade, including director of home and leisure and vice president of consumables programmes.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Amazon’s UK business, helping us to serve our UK customers and communities, as well as supporting our employees and thousands of businesses the length and breadth of the country,” Boumphrey said.
“It’s hard to imagine that there were around 2,500 UK employees when I started almost 10 years ago, and since then I’ve seen a UK workforce that will this year grow to more than 40,000.”
The key appointment comes just days after Amazon announced plans to employ 10,000 new staff across 50 UK sites throughout 2020.
These will include three new state-of-the-art fulfilment centres in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield which will create over 1000 permanent roles each.
The robotic fulfilment centres in Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield are due to launch in the autumn, while the site in Darlington has been operating since May.
Aside from warehouse teams hired to pick and pack items, Amazon is hiring thousands of engineers, HR and IT professionals alongside health and safety and finance specialists.